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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US and UK governments have provided over $12 million to fund four collaborative research programs that will use synthetic biology and genetics approaches to develop new methods to enable plants to "fix" their own nitrogen, which could reduce the need for artificial fertilizers and boost crop yields.

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