Monsanto | GenomeWeb


The technology is based on engineered zinc finger DNA-binding proteins, which bind to specific functional domains to create transcription factors capable of activating or repressing target genes.

The ag-bio giant has landed a worldwide, non-exclusive licensing deal for agricultural applications of the genome-editing technology.

The partners will use their respective genome databases, bioinformatics tools, and other resources to identify new proteins for pest control.

The ag-bio giant has also taken an equity position in privately held, Rehovot, Israel-based TargetGene.

The findings further point to the importance of the stability and dosage of RNAi molecules to gene silencing in environmental RNAi-sensitive insects.

The program is part of the company's BioDirect initiative, which relates to the use of topically applied RNAi-based treatments for pest, weed, and disease control in crop plants.

The study examined high concentrations of consumed siRNAs and dsRNAs targeting the mouse ortholog of a known pest-control gene.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Agriculture has deregulated two RNAi-modified crop plants, potato and alfalfa, deeming that they do not pose a risk to other plants and therefore are not subject to certain regulatory requirements.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Tekmira Pharmaceuticals announced last week that it has received a $1.5 million milestone payment from ag-bio giant Monsanto.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Roughly two years after it agreed to pay $518 million for Devgen and its portfolio of agricultural RNAi technologies, Syngenta announced this month that it is collaborating with Australian startup Nexgen to develop virus-resistant crop plants through microRNA targeting.


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