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Researchers at Monsanto and other companies are working on ways to create genetically modified crops that would induce RNAi in specific pests, reports MIT’s Technology Review. Nature Biotechnology published two papers recently showing that in some insects, simply eating double-stranded RNA effects gene silencing. The new GMO plants, researchers hope, will kill the pests more effectively than Bt toxin.

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Three genetic testing companies form a coalition to influence how Congress considers genetic privacy, The Hill reports.

University of California, San Diego researchers investigate how skin care products influence the skin microbiome, Scientific American reports.

The Wall Street Journal examines billing codes used by uBiome.

In PNAS this week: links between lung adenocarcinoma and lncRNA, algorithm to impute and cluster Hi-C interaction profiles from single cells, and more.