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NEW YORK – UK-based biotechnology company Tropic Biosciences and German chemicals firm BASF said on Thursday that they have signed a research agreement to use Tropic Bio's GEiGS (Gene Editing induced Gene Silencing) technology to develop agricultural traits in BASF's strategic crop varieties that could address growers' challenges for sustainability.

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