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Retreat From Torrey Mesa: A Chill Wind in Ag Research

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Science  13 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5601, pp. 2106
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5601.2106a

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The Torrey Mesa Research Institute (TMRI) will close its doors by the end of January, an apparent victim of tightening research budgets. TMRI's owner, the Swiss-based agribusiness giant Syngenta, announced on 4 December that it intends to shutter the 4-year-old San Diego, California, institute, which led the company's efforts to sequence the rice genome and developed the first gene chips for Arabidopsis and rice.