BGI/Affymetrix ink microarray deal
Chinese genomics company BGI (Beijing) and US microarray technology company Affymetrix (Santa Clara, California) are to collaborate on the development and commercialisation of genomic microarrays. The non-exclusive partnership will exploit a portfolio of plant and livestock microarrays for genotyping analysis, spanning applications such as marker-assisted trait selection, parentage, quality control and traceability. The collaboration will give access to a broad range of well-annotated and inter- and intra-species bio-diverse genomic markers from the “1000 Plant and Animal Reference Genomes Project”, initiated by BGI in 2010. The combination of BGI's sequencing platforms, bio-informatics capabilities and sequencing database, and Affymetrix' genotyping technology will help advance the use of genomic selection to improve the breeding of crops and livestock, notes BGI’s executive director Dr Jun Wang.