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Zebrafish and the eggs they lay are translucent. That allows researchers to see the exact moment during the development of the fish when something goes wrong or begins to develop abnormally.

The Greenwood Genetic Center is expanding its research capabilities, investing $1.75 million to build out its campus through new equipment and an on-site zebrafish facility.

Central to the venture is a NovaSea DNA sequencing system — the only one of its kind in the state, officials said in a press release.

“The NovaSeq is the most powerful sequencer available, and through a collaboration between GGC and Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics, the only in South Carolina is here in Greenwood,” Genetic Center director Steve Skinner said.

“This instrument not only increases our DNA sequencing capacity and ability to diagnose complex patients through whole genome sequencing, but also provides genomic data to advance Clemson’s studies and GGC’s zebrafish models with the ultimate goal of improving patient health and quality of life,” Skinner added.

In October, the Genetic Center celebrated opening the Hazel and Bill Allin Aquaculture Facility inside the JC Self Research Institute. Eventually, it will house 100,000 zebrafish — an organism that shares 70 percent of genes with humans.

The venture, codenamed “Project Nova,” also includes a confocal microscopy system.

“Greenwood County is home to world-class companies and research partnerships that are revolutionizing the life science industry on a global scale,” County Councilwoman Edith Childs said. “The addition of the new technology at the GGC helps accelerate that.”