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GATC Biotech, Germany's U of Constance Ink DNA Sequencing Collaboration

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – GATC Biotech announced today that it has signed a DNA sequencing collaboration agreement with the University of Constance in Germany.

The partners have formed the Alliance for Sequence and Transcript Analysis (ASTRA) to develop new sequencing methods. The agreement also calls for GATC Biotech to provide next-generation sequencing and consultation for University of Constance research projects.

"We create mutual benefits for both partners," Andreas Marx, a professor at the university's Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology, said in a statement. "Our research projects benefit from the cost-efficient sequencing at GATC, while at GATC, novel developments are realized thanks to our research projects."

GATC, which is also based in Constance, offers sequencing and consulting services as well as sequencing-based diagnostics.

In September, the firm selected the Bluebee genomic analysis platform to support its sequencing services.