RNAi on the Farm

Some scientists are hopeful that RNA interference could be used as an alternative to chemicals to control pests that affect agriculturally important organisms like honeybees or crops like corn, the New York Times reports.

“If you use a neuro-poison, it kills everything,” Subba Reddy Palli, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky, says. “But this one is very target-specific.”

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