Monsanto last week provided an update to its research and development pipeline, highlighting the advancement of four product candidates incorporating RNAi through the company's pipeline.

During a conference call held to discuss the pipeline, as well as Monsanto's fiscal first-quarter 2013 financial results, CTO Robert Fraley stressed the importance of having “more than one or two component technologies” to success in the ag-bio space.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.