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Toyo Seikan segues from cans to DNA chips

TOKYO -- Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, a Japanese company best known for making cans and other containers, hopes to make a name for itself in DNA chips, a field that at first glance bears little relation to its bread-and-butter operations.

     DNA chips are a type of equipment used in genetic testing. In April, the company began selling kits that help food makers detect bacteria and mold that can cause food poisoning. While this may appear to be an almost random diversification move, the company has in fact accumulated a lot of know-how on food poisoning from its main business.

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