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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Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.

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