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CSIRO Licenses RNAi Technology to Bayer CropScience

NEW YORK, April 27 (GenomeWeb News) - Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) announced yesterday that it has agreed to license its DNA-delivered RNAi gene-silencing technology to Bayer CropScience.


CSIRO said that Bayer will develop, market, and sell selected crop plant varieties incorporating the RNAi technology, which can be used to introduce disease resistance, enhance nutritional qualities, and control flowering by removing unwanted gene functions.


This marks the first deal between Canberra-based CSIRO and a major agri-biotechnology company, the organization said.

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