Pesticides, Not Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration says that modified mosquitos that act as pesticides are not drugs, according to the Associated Press.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved an RNAi-based insecticide, according to the Atlantic.

President Donald Trump's budget blueprint includes a nearly 20 percent cut for the National Institutes of Health.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Environmental Protection Agency last week formally released the recommendations of a scientific advisory panel assembled earlier this year to explore the possible risks associated with plants modified to express gene-silencing dsRNAs, particularly for insecticidal ap

As the Environmental Protection Agency develops a framework for assessing the risks posed by RNAi as pest-control strategy in plants, one consumer advocacy group has expressed concern over agricultural use of the technology and asked the agency to temporarily hold off on approvin

As ag-bio giant Monsanto prepares to seek regulatory approval for a line of corn that uses RNAi to combat a key pest, the Environmental Protect Agency this week expressed concerns over the possible risks, both to humans and the environment, associated with plants that express gen

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – BioSeek today said that the US Environmental Protection Agency has extended the firm's contract to participate in the ToxCast screening program.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Expression Analysis has netted a $27 million contract from the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate toxicology-related RNA biomarkers for a set of up to 12,100 compounds in 121,100 biological samples being reviewed under EPA's ToxCast program, EA said today.

The initiative led by NIH and EPA is ramping up to complete HTS toxicological studies to generate predictive knowledge about 10,000 chemicals.


Robert Redfield is floated as the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post reports.

The New York Times writes that the National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program is "ambitious" and that some are concerned it might be overly so.

Representative Lamar Smith's criticism of the National Science Foundation has "changed the nature of the conversation," according to ScienceInsider.

In PLOS this week: non-coding RNA function in yeast, transcriptomic profiles of malaria parasites, and more.