Despite the global prevalence of legumes as crops, many questions about the underlying biology of the plants remain unanswered. Researchers from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in collaboration with a scientist from the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell, are looking to answer one of those questions — which genes are involved in the development of bacterial and fungal symbioses in legumes — using RNA interference.

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

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