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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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