NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology this week published a report describing a method to express long double-stranded RNAs, designed to silence essential genes in a key agricultural pest, only in a specific part of plants where the RNAi molecules cannot be processed into less effective siRNAs.

Using the method, the investigators could fully protect the crop from Colorado potato beetles (CPB), opening the door for a new strategy to control an insect that has developed resistance to all major insecticide classes.

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A former Synthetic Genomics attorney alleges that the firm discriminated against her and other female employees, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Alnylam reports positive results from its phase 3 clinical trial of an RNAi-based drug, according to Stat News.

Due to privacy and lab certification questions, the planned giveaway of Orig3n testing kits at a Baltimore Ravens game was suspended.

In Cell this week: adult mesenchymal cell populations in mouse lung, genetic diversity in HPV16 and cancer risk protection, and more.