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Monsanto, MetaMorphix partner on pork

(Sunday, June 24, 2004 -- CropChoice news) -- Brendan O'Neill, Meatingplace.com, 06/09/04: Baltimore-based MetaMorphix Inc. and Monsanto Company, based in St. Louis, announced they will collaborate on the application of genomic technologies to provide genetic improvements in pork.

The joint venture will utilize MetaMorphix's advanced genomic SNP mapping capabilities so Monsanto scientists can more quickly and accurately identify precise locations of the genomes responsible for several important meat quality, health, reproductive and production traits.

The goal is that future producers, packers and consumers will benefit from the application of this technology through the development of more desirable products for the pork industry, the two companies said in a press release.

"Our agreement with MetaMorphix will extend the application of our genetics tools, enabling Monsanto's customers to more accurately and efficiently deliver improved meat products," said Robb Fraley, chief technology officer at Monsanto. "Combining the genomics capabilities of MetaMorphix with the product development capabilities of Monsanto is an excellent example of Monsanto's dedication to the swine industry through the extension of Monsanto's genomic infrastructure benefits to pork production."