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Indigo Agriculture and Anheuser-Busch Partner To Meet Sustainability Goals for Rice Production

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Indigo Agriculture, a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, and Anheuser-Busch, the country’s leading brewer, have announced a partnership focused on sustainable rice production. Indigo has committed to delivering 2.2 million bushels of Indigo Rice™ to Anheuser-Busch that is grown with specific environmental attributes. Growers contracting with Indigo to produce rice for Anheuser-Busch will reduce water and nitrogen used by 10% and achieve at least 10% savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to state benchmarks. This partnership is the first of-its-kind to offer growers an end-to-end solution that incentivizes the co

Beam Brings In $135M to Turn CRISPR Base Editing into Drugs

Beam Therapeutics made a splash last year when it launched with $87 million to develop medicines that use a more precise form of CRISPR editing. Beam’s promise of CRISPR-based therapeutics that swap out specific bases or “letters” in the genome—something the current generation of CRISPR-based drugs can’t do—has been so enticing to investors that they have put in $135 million in a Series B investment less than a year after the first funding round. CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, which just last month entered clinical trials in the U.S. for the first time, can cut DNA at specific locations to take out or add a piece of DNA. But thousands of diseases are caused by much smaller single-letter mutations