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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Monsanto announced today that it has obtained a global, non-exclusive licensing agreement from the Broad Institute for agricultural applications of CRISPR genome editing technology.

CRISPR-based genome editing offers "site-directed integration of specific genes as well as the opportunity to enhance beneficial [plant characteristics] or remove undesired plant characteristics," Monsanto said in a statement.

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