By Julia Karow

Roche said this week that it has donated a 454 Genome Sequencer FLX for a joint project with Google.org that aims to predict and prevent emerging viral diseases in East Africa.

Late last year, Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, granted $5 million to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Icipe, and its partners to support the discovery and surveillance of insect-carried disease in East Africa.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved an RNAi-based insecticide, according to the Atlantic.

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