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The American Society for Microbiology has presented its 2009 ASM Promega Biotechnology Research Award to George Church of Harvard University.

The award recognizes "outstanding contributions to the application of biotechnology through fundamental microbiological research and development," ASM said.

The association honored Church for his work in advancing sequencing technology, including multiplex sequencing and polony sequencing. "Others are noted for their contributions" to sequencing technology development, ASM said, "but Church is assigned the central role for his enabling technology."

ASM presented the award during its general meeting last month in Philadelphia.

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