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An American company that claims to use 'eco-friendly' genetics to develop crops that thrive in salt-rich soils and hibernate in conditions of extreme cold or drought has been floated on the London stock market.

Instead of transferring genes between unrelated species of plant, FuturaGene scientists are striving to increase crop yields by amplifying the effect of genes already present within the target crops that protect plants from natural environmental stresses. 

The scientists, from the universities of Purdue, Arizona, and Illinois, argue that their technology overcomes consumer unease about genetically modified crops by avoiding the introduction of foreign genes into plant species.

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