NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A startup from Harvard University's George Church looking to apply genome engineering to cross-species organ transplantation has raised $38 million in Series A financing.

Biomatics Capital and Arch Venture Partners led the round, joined by Khosla Ventures, Alta Partners, Alexandria Equities, Heritage Provider Network, Berggruen Holdings North America, Uprising, and Fan Ventures.

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