By Doug Macron

Aiming to develop discoveries made in his lab at Duke University for practical applications, plant researcher Philip Benfey a few years ago co-founded the agricultural biotech firm GrassRoots Biotechnology.

While his previous work with microRNAs doesn't specifically factor into GrassRoots' projects, Benfey, who is also the firm's CEO, expects that these and other non-coding RNAs will eventually prove to be a key aspect of the company's efforts in gene-discovery and -expression.

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