The Current | Jun 10, 2013 | 27:22

Can RNAi-based products revolutionize agriculture?

Scientists think they're on the edge of a breakthrough that could give farmers a silver bullet to kill pests without affecting the environment around them. But critics fear they're opening a Pandora's box. We look at RNAi technology in agriculture.

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