NEW YORK, Aug 15 – Scientists at Monsanto and researchers at the University of Richmond, Virginia, have released the genome sequence for Agrobacterium tumefaciens , a bacterium that transfers DNA to plant cells.

"Agrobacterium tumefaciens is one of the most important tools for plant biotechnology," Steve Slater, a scientist of Cereon Genomics, a subsidiary of Monsanto, said in a statement released Tuesday.

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