Stacked in trim rows along a bank of south-facing windows, the petri dishes at Divergence Inc.'s Creve Coeur laboratory house the potential to insulate future crops from roundworms, deadly parasites that every year destroy an estimated 7 to 9 billion dollars' worth of domestic plants. Each dish holds a soybean root system. By exposing the roots to roundworms, researchers hope to identify genes essential to the parasitic... More >>>