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NCGR Licenses Sequence-Based Physical Mapping Method from KeyGene

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The National Center for Genome Resources has licensed KeyGene’s Whole Genome Profiling physical mapping technology, the companies said earlier this month.

Under the non-exclusive agreement, NCGR can combine its in-house sequencing and informatics expertise with KeyGene’s WGP technology to produce higher quality genome assemblies.

KeyGene’s technology (IS 2/1/2011) produces short sequence tags of pooled BAC clones that are generated by its partner, Amplicon Express. It then assembles the BAC clones based on the sequence tags, resulting in a physical map that serves as a scaffold for assembling whole-genome sequence data.

NCGR President Greg May said in a statement that “many of our de novo genome projects will benefit from the WGP platform through guiding the order and orientation of our next-generation DNA sequencing-based scaffolds.”

“As a company with a focus on plant breeding, we are happy to collaborate with partners that can promote our technologies in their broader networks,” said Mark van Haaren, KeyGene’s vice president of business development. “We believe that this agreement will give a much larger customer base access to better genome assemblies that can be used as reference genomes and to support molecular breeding activities.”

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