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The Center for Applied Genetics and Technology (CAGT) is a University-wide initiative to provide infrastructure support for research and training in genetics and genomics. The genesis of the program arises from collaboration between faculty from several departments at the University of Connecticut, scientists from the Connecticut State Police Forensic Sciences Lab's (CSPFSL) DNA Unit, and more than a dozen corporate partners. Opened in the Summer of 2004, the CAGT occupies ~6,000 sq.ft. of newly renovated space in historic Beach Hall. The CAGT is comprised of several facilities: a molecular genetics research and training laboratory, a DNA typing research and training laboratory (a replicate of the type used in forensic and diagnostic applications) and a laboratory for non-traditional DNA typing.
The CAGT is funded by external grants from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program and the National Institute of Justice. The Center has multiple platforms for the analysis of DNA through genotyping, gene expression (including real-time PCR and microarrays) and next generation sequencing (including 454 GS FLX+, Ion Torrent Proton and ABI SOLiD 5500xl), as well as a scientific staff conducting DNA research in a range of genomics-oriented projects.