NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Synthetic Genomics has formed a “long-term” research and development partnership with petroleum firm BP to identify alternative energy sources from subsurface hydrocarbons, Synthetic Genomics said today.
 
Synthetic Genomics also said the oil company has made an undisclosed equity investment in the privately held biotech, and that the two companies intend to jointly commercialize technologies developed under the partnership.
 

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