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RNAi: Silencing genes for pest management
The previous issue of the IPM Chronicle discussed the development of gene editing techniques to enhance crops. The discussion will now turn to a molecular technique that provides the ability to turn off (silence) genes within an organism’s cells. This process of silencing genes can be accomplished through a process called ribonucleic acid interference or RNAi.
Developed in the 1990s, RNAi is now being studied as a tool for managing various pest species. So what is RNAi, and how exactly can it be used for pest management? Before these questions can be answered, one must first understand the connection between DNA and proteins.