Monsanto and others look to RNA interference to fight widespread bee-killing mites. Beekeepers are desperately battling colony collapse disorder, a complex condition that has been killing bees in large swaths and could ultimately have a massive effect on people, since honeybees pollinate a significant portion of the food that humans consume.
A new weapon in that fight could be RNA molecules that kill a troublesome parasite by disrupting the way its genes are expressed. Monsanto and others are developing the molecules as a means to kill the parasite, a mite that feeds on honeybees.
The killer molecule, if it proves to be efficient and passes regulatory hurdles, would offer welcome respite.
Read more of this interesting article by Susan Young on the MIT Technology review website:
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