With the Environmental Protection Agency in the midst of establishing a framework for assessing the potential risks of dsRNA-expressing crop plants, researchers from ag-bio giant Monsanto have published a report indicating that such RNAi molecules degrade quickly in soil and therefore are unlikely to persist in the environment.

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