NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bayer CropScience said today it has inked two agreements with Cellectis plant sciences that extend a partnership focused on modifying and editing plant genes and genomes to improve crops.

Under the agreements, the partners will use tools Cellectis developed to create commercial traits for the canola seed market, and Bayer will have access to Cellectis' technologies for gene stacking and targeted mutagenesis that enable it to engineer plant genomes.

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