LYON, France, July 12 – An Aventis executive said Thursday it was too early to speculate about how the proposed sale of Aventis CropScience to Bayer would impact the company’s genomics efforts.

“I don’t know if there will be any effect; it’s too early to tell,” Georges Freyssinet, head of global genomic research at CropScience, told GenomeWeb.

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