Plant breeding research firm KeyGene and genomic services provider Amplicon Express have teamed up for a new service designed to provide a sequence-based bacterial artificial chromosome map of plants and animals with the initial goal of helping whole-genome de novo sequencing projects.

The new method used in the service, called Whole Genome Profiling, relies on Amplicon Express' expertise with BAC libraries and pooling strategies, and KeyGene's sequencing services on Illumina's Genome Analyzer and internal software tools.

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