GrassRoots Biotechnology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Monsanto has acquired agricultural biotechnology firm GrassRoots Biotechnology for an undisclosed amount.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – GrassRoots Biotechnology and Monsanto today announced the extension of an agreement for the development of gene promoters to enhance and protect crop yields.

Though his previous work with microRNAs doesn't specifically factor into the company's projects, Duke's Philips Benfey expects that small, non-coding RNAs will eventually prove to be a key aspect of the company's efforts in gene-discovery and -expression.

Researchers from Duke University have identified a transcription factor that regulates peroxidase enzymes in Arabidopsis roots, influencing root growth.

Two researchers have found that behavioral genetic defenses in criminal cases don't tend to affect outcomes, according to Popular Science.

Researchers report that while host genetics influence the oral microbiome, they don't appear to affect cavity-causing microbes, the Economist says.

Pandas' gut microbiomes change as what they eat changes with the seasons, writes Discover's Inkfish blog.

In PLOS this week: comparative genomic study of malaria-linked macaque parasite, search for apple root reference genes, and more.