Australian researchers Peter Waterhouse and Ming-Bo Wang have won the Australia’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. The scientists were recognized for their discovery of double-stranded RNA-induced gene silencing in plants.
The two have used gene silencing to allow plant genes to resist diseases, including Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, which affects cereals such as wheat and barley. Broader applications for the research could include modifying oils to create biodiesel fuels.
The researchers work for Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Canberra.
Tix Corporation, a seller of tickets for Las Vegas shows and sporting events, said this week that it has appointed Matthew Natalizio as its CFO.
Previously, Natalizio had been CFO of CytRx.