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.

Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.