The US Environmental Protection Agency has given the go-ahead to Monsanto for its RNAi-based insecticide, the Atlantic reports. It adds that this is the first approved RNAi insecticide.

"I would put RNA in the suite of really advanced, next-generation technologies that are adding to the excitement from a research perspective," Robb Fraley, the chief technology officer at Monsanto, tells the Atlantic.

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Hundreds of scientists have signed a letter criticizing the open-access Plan S, ScienceInsider reports.

NPR speaks with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) about the US House of Representatives science committee.

A start-up company aiming to match cancer patients to treatments closes after about six weeks, Stat News reports.

In PLOS this week: somatic mutation associations unearthed in thousands of cancer exomes, pathogen detection assay, and more.