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The San Francisco-based startup, which closed a $5 million Series A round in 2017, aims to develop nutritionally enhanced food and feed crops.

The collaborators will grant the licenses to any entities wanting to use the technology for commercial agricultural research and product development.

Agricultural Editing

Agricultural companies are thinking about how to get consumers comfortable with gene-edited crops, the Wall Street Journal says.

DuPont Pioneer has acquired the exclusive rights to ERS Genomics' portfolio of CRISPR-Cas genome-editing technologies for all plant and agricultural applications.

The company said its acquisition of DuPont Diagnostics will allow it to provide a broader array of food safety diagnostics services to its customers.

DuPont Pioneer has entered into a collaboration to apply CRISPR genome editing to the development of crop varieties for farmers in developing countries.

CRISPR Corn

DuPont Pioneer researchers used a CRISPR genome editing approach to develop corn that appears to be more drought tolerant.

The firms also renewed distribution agreements for DuPont's BAX System Q7 food safety testing platform in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The in vitro assay enabled the scientists to take an uncharacterized Cas9 variant from Brevibacillus laterosporus and edit maize cells with it.

DuPont teams with genome editing firm Caribou Biosciences for agricultural applications of the technology.

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Holden Thorp is to be the new editor-in-chief of Science and its related journals.

A genetic analysis of salmon scales collected over the course of a century points to a sharp decline in the number of fish returning each year to river in British Columbia, CBC reports.

Adelaide University has suspended the head of an ancient DNA lab as its investigation of workplace bullying continues, Australia's ABC News reports.

In PNAS this week: gene expression profiles of adipocyte subtypes, computational approach for improving plant expressome analysis, and more.