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Cellectis Gains Access to Japan Tobacco's Genome Modification Technology

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cellectis Plant Sciences announced today a licensing agreement giving it access to Japan Tobacco's Agrobacterium transformation technology.

The technology, called PureIntro, will be used by Cellectis Plant Sciences, a subsidiary of Cellectis, to modify corn and rice genomes. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a statement, Cellectis Plant Sciences said its technology allows for the insertion, deletion, and modification of gene sequences "to create plants expressing new traits with added value." The PureIntro technology, it added, allows for the efficient delivery of DNA to plant cells.

The technology will allow Cellectis Plant Sciences to modify corn and rice genomes using custom meganucleases.

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