RNAi – a revolution in gene silencing technology

CSIRO’s RNA interference (RNAi) technology is an effective tool to reduce or silence gene expression in plants and animals.

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The RNAi gene silencing technology can be applied in a range of industries including:

  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceuticals and therapeutics for humans and animals
  • Research.

We’re now seeking companies who wish to license our RNAi technology to apply it in their own business.

Our RNAi interference technology can be used to:

  • Create advanced pharmaceuticals
  • Identify important traits in plants or animals, and control how they are expressed
  • Develop new traits in plants or animals
  • Develop potent therapeutics
  • Develop novel transgenic animal models
  • Enable directed breeding and diagnostics development
  • Research whole-genome and functional genomics.

CSIRO is working in partnership with commercial and academic collaborators to develop specific applications for RNAi. So far, RNAi gene silencing has been successfully applied to:

A photo of oil and safflower seeds being poured out of a laboratory beaker, the oil was produced with CSIRO RNA interference (RNAi) gene silencing technology.

RNAi gene silencing technology has enabled scientists to develop a safflower seed oil that contains more than 90 per cent oleic acid, a valuable fatty acid for industrial applications.

  • Plant breeding
  • Plant disease resistance
  • Biopharmaceuticals.

RNAi technology has broad applications, so we’re open to companies who want to apply this technology in their own R&D, or to develop, market and sell products incorporating RNAi.

In parallel, our scientists continue to innovate and develop new tools, technologies and techniques to improve RNAi delivery, potency and ease of use.

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