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Insight: Gene-editing startups ignite the next 'Frankenfood' fight

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By Rod Nickel(Reuters) - In a suburban Minneapolis laboratory, a tiny company that has never turned a profit is poised to beat the world's biggest agriculture firms to market with the next potential breakthrough in genetic engineering - a crop with "edited" DNA.Calyxt Inc, an eight-year-old firm co-founded by a genetics professor, altered the genes of a soybean plant to produce healthier oil using the cutting-edge editing technique rather than conventional genetic modification.Seventy-eight farmers planted those soybeans this spring across 17,000 acres in South Dakota and Minnesota, a crop ...

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 11:33 IST
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