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IGA Licenses KeyGene's Sequence-based Genotyping Technology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – IGA Techology Services has licensed KeyGene's sequence-based genotyping technology for use in certain fields, the firms said today.

As part of the deal, IGA has gained a non-exclusive license for the commercial offering and use of KeyGene's technology, which includes restriction-site-associated DNA sequencing, genotyping-by-sequencing, and related methods for discovering and scoring genetic markets without genome sequence information. The firms said that the technology provides a "very powerful" method of characterizing breeding germplasm diversity and developing markers for improving agronomic traits.

Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

KeyGene CSO Michiel van Eijk said in a statement that the ability to carry out genetic biomarker discovery and genotyping simultaneously is gaining widespread use in "a huge range of species" and today's deal "accelerates the genetic improvement of our crops, farm animals, and microorganisms."