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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