The National Science Foundation has awarded MacConnellResearch of San Diego a two-year small business innovativeresearch (SBIR) Phase II grant.

The SBIR grant is intended to help the company carry out anew mapping technique on human chromosomes.

The $260,000 grant for the second phase of MacConnell'sresearch on its human genome mapping project brings to$410,000 the total amount of small business grant funds the 3-year-old company has received.

MacConnell hopes its research will result in new products thatprovide less expensive and faster methods for gene mappingand sequencing, including ordered chromosome-specificlibraries, reagents and kits.

In Phase II work, the company will apply technology itdeveloped under Phase I funding in 1991 to the ordering ofgenomic clones from an entire human chromosome.

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