Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Breaking Report: Sweet Relief?

Also on my desk today? A report describing the application of RNAi in the field--an effort to address honeybee colony collapse disorder.

Hunter et al. (2010) Large-Scale Field Application of RNAi Technology Reducing Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus Disease in Honey Bees (Apismellifera, Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS Pathogens. Open Access.

The authors note that "To our knowledge, this is the first successful large-scale real world use of RNAi for disease control."

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