Although it has not embraced RNAi to the same degree as drug developers, agricultural biotech firms are increasingly interested in harnessing the gene-silencing technology to improve the yields of crop plants and to enhance their resistance to pests and environmental stressors, according to one industry insider.

Yet because of its relative nascence, ag-bio RNAi faces a number of challenges to its widespread application in the space, the greatest of which being what had long stymied the technology's use in human therapeutics — delivery.

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