NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Agricultural gene editing startup Pairwise Plants announced today that it has closed a $25 million Series A financing round, led by Deerfield Management and Monsanto Growth Ventures.

Separately, Pairwise announced that it has agreed to collaborate with Monsanto to advance agriculture research and development through the use of gene editing technology.

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