Technology Review: Crops That Shut Down Pests’ Genes

by Gilbert Keith

Technology Review: Crops That Shut Down Pests’ Genes

Researchers have created plants that kill insects by disrupting their gene expression. The crops, which initiate a gene-silencing response called RNA interference, are a step beyond existing genetically modified crops that produce toxic proteins. Because the new crops target particular genes in particular insects, some researchers suggest that they will be safer and less likely to have unintended effects than other genetically modified plants.
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Very cool. Man, isn’t it so exciting to hear about all these new developments in biotechnology these days?

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