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Illumina Announces Commercial Release of the Infinium® BovineSNP50 BeadChip

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Illumina, Inc. has launched the Infinium BovineSNP50 BeadChip, a 12-sample genotyping product now available for detecting genetic variation in any breed of cattle.

Developed in collaboration with bovine researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Alberta, and other industry partners, the BovineSNP50 BeadChip features more than 54,000 SNPs evenly spaced across the entire bovine genome.

Of these SNPs, 24,000 were discovered using Illumina’s Genome Analyzer and are not available on any other commercial array or in any public database.

Illumina also recently released the Infinium CanineSNP20 BeadChip, a 22,000 SNP panel developed in collaboration with the Broad Institute and the University of California, Davis. Genotyping on both the BovineSNP50 and CanineSNP20 products is also available as a service through Illumina’s FastTrack Genotyping Services group.

Researchers can take advantage of the iSelect™ Infinium Custom product process to design powerful multi-sample BeadChips with specific disease-related or pathway-related SNPs for their organism.

Infinium iSelect Custom Genotyping offers access to SNPs across the entire genome, the data quality and reproducibility, and call rates greater than 99 percent. To date, Illumina has developed customized genotyping solutions for 15 non-human species using both the GoldenGate® and Infinium Assays.

“Researchers from a range of markets, including agricultural, work with Illumina because they can build products that offer comprehensive and focused content for genetic analysis,” said Carsten Rosenow, Ph.D., Illumina’s Senior Marketing Manager of DNA Analysis Products. “Specifically, the BovineSNP50 and CanineSNP20 BeadChips will benefit the agriculture communities by allowing for accurate selection of genetic merit at birth.”