By Doug Macron

Rosetta Green this week announced that it has inked a strategic research deal with DuPont, its biggest partner to date, to identify microRNAs associated with drought tolerance in corn and soybeans.

Separately, Rosetta Green's one-time parent firm Rosetta Genomics disclosed that it has divested its majority stake in the ag-bio firm to undisclosed buyers. Rosetta Genomics had been facing bankruptcy recently as it struggled to pay off a debt to a former marketing partner.

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