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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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Harold Varmus, a former NIH director, says that proposed reductions to the agency's budget are worrisome.

The Genome 10K project is to sequence about 10,000 vertebrate genomes, including ones of endangered species, Digital Trends reports.

The new Coalition to Save NIH Funding aims to educate lawmakers and the public on the significance of biomedical research.

In PLOS this week: analysis of viral sequences from human blood samples, gut microbiomes of heart failure patients, and more.