Illumina Powers Molecular Breeding Tool Effort For Cattle

San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina said this week that it has linked up with genome assembly and analysis software developer NRGene, on an effort to develop new molecular breeding tools for cattle. According to the two, they will work together to sequence cattle from different breeds, to gain more knowledge on the genetic variations across cattle breeds--all aimed at accelerating breeding for better meat and milk production. Financial details of the collaboration were not announced. The two said the effort is being done in conjunction with researchers at the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil.