Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Human stem cells have for the first time been obtained from an Australian embryo

The controversial achievement has been made by scientists at a Sydney fertility clinic, Sydney IVF, using a surplus embryo donated by a Sydney couple who had undergone IVF treatment.

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DNA left at crime scene will reveal skin colour

Scientists have found a way to tell the eye and skin colour of a suspect from the DNA left at the scene of a crime, they report today.

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Friday, June 18, 2004

FAO Report on the "Gene Revolution"

Biotechnology holds great promise for agriculture in developing countries, but so far only farmers in a few developing countries are reaping these benefits, FAO said in its annual report 'The State of Food and Agriculture 2003-04', released today.

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Bush Defends Stem Cell Limit

President Bush restated his commitment on Tuesday to sharply limit stem-cell research, bucking renewed pressure from Nancy Reagan and others to loosen the restrictions in the aftermath of the death of former President Ronald Reagan.

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Gene Technology in Australia

This booklet contains basic information about the science used in gene technology, the laws and guidelines surrounding the research; the new food labelling system; an overview of the global production of genetically modified (GM) crops; details about which products are sold in Australia, and current research in the area.

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Genetic Engineering Field Test Rooted in Secrecy

The green shoots poking out of the brown soil look just like any other plants you see around Germany. But the crop is quite exotic by this country's standards: It has been genetically modified in a way that is supposed to eliminate the need for pesticides.

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Global GM Food Labelling Laws

Over the last six months Australia has become increasingly targeted by a global activist campaign against genetically modified (GM) animal feed, which to date has primarily focused on the poultry industry.

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Biotech Org receives $1million from Gates

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today announced the launch of BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a new nonprofit organization that will work to enlist the biotechnology industry in the fight against neglected diseases. BVGH has received a $1 million start-up grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Thursday, June 10, 2004

CALL FOR DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE AND FREE SPEECH RIGHTS

The committee to organize CAE Defense is calling for a peaceful demonstration of support outside the Grand Jury hearings on the case of Steve Kurtz (CAE), beginning on June 15th at the County Court House, 138 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY, 9am.

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Gene research could be used for warfare and terrorism, experts warn

href="http://www.canada.com/health/fromthewires/story.html?id=61D6BF62
-9CD3-4E16-BD68-AB2C2EF7500A" target=_blank>Biotechnology research used
to find new cures for disease could instead be harnessed for use as a
weapon of terror, a prominent European think-tank warned.


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Website Lists GM Foods

At this
time, the searchable database available on the site only covers
genetically engineered crop plants intended for food or feed that have
completed all recommended or required reviews for food, feed or
planting use in the United States.


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Monday, June 07, 2004

The Top Ten U.S. Biotech Clusters

Biotechnology has become the must-have industry for a growing number of U.S. states, with its promise of high-paying jobs and potential future growth.

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Human Genome Project looks beyond man

href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/
06/07/financial1455EDT0105.DTL" target=_blank>The scope of Human Genome
Project has so far surpassed man and his development that it could soon
begin to yield tastier steaks, juicier porkchops and the deepest
understanding yet of the duckbill platypus.


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Gov. Bush in California seeking business from biotech firms

href="http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/
8862417.htm?1c" target=_blank>Gov. Jeb Bush spent Monday promoting
Florida in California, trying to drum up business from biotech
companies.


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Biotech summit in San Francisco

href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/
archive/2004/06/07/BUGEI711RT1.DTL&type=tech" target=_blank>This week,
San Francisco is hosting the annual meeting of the Biotechnology
Industry Organization. Approximately 20,000 scientists, executives and
financiers from across the country and around the world are attending
the event, which runs through Wednesday.


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French green light for new GM trials

The French government has announced its decision to allow new field trials of genetically modified (GM) sweetcorn in eight test sites across the country, reports CORDIS.

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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Monsanto wins right to genetic pollution

After years of fighting against bio-tech giant Monsanto, Percy Shmeiser, a Canadian farmer who Monsanto claims did not acquire a licence to grow his crop of canola, has lost his appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Wanted: Drugs to Fight Bioterror

Amid new warnings about a possible summer of terror, the U.S. government is preparing to spend billons to coax pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to fend off a biological or chemical attack.

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Scientists Try to Trump Politics

Scientists appearing Wednesday at a United Nations conference on stem cells and cloning hope to provide a scientific backdrop for a November vote on a cloning ban treaty.

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U.S. to Divulge More About Modified Crops

Responding to criticism that a controversial farming practice is shrouded in secrecy, the Department of Agriculture plans to disclose more information about crops that are genetically engineered to produce pharmaceuticals, an official said yesterday.

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What's The Price Of Nanotech "progress"?

A stunning new study of fish finds that the synthetic molecules cause severe brain and liver damage and liver damage in the largemouth bass that were tested, and they wipe out whole populations of small organisms in water that are a crucial part of the aquatic food chain.

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Pollution Alters DNA in Mice, Study Finds

Breathing soot from factories or highways may cause genetic damage that can be passed to offspring, scientists have found in an experiment on mice.

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U.N. Agency On Biotech Bandwagon

A United Nations food agency is coming out in favor of biotech crops, saying genetically modified organisms have already helped small farmers financially, have had some environmental benefits and no ill effects on health.

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Breast cancer gene confirmed

Inheriting the wrong version of a gene called CHEK2 doubles a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, Cancer Research UK scientists confirm in a major new international study

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Where are GM Crops Grown?

BBC Map of global GM crop production

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Saturday, June 05, 2004

UK Scientist Fears Genetic Bias

Nobel Prize winning scientist has called on the British government to introduce legislation to prevent discrimination on the basis of people's genetic make-up, the Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Gov't Just Says No to Stem Cells

The U.S. National Institutes of Health defended federal policy on controversial stem cells on Saturday, saying there was still plenty of work to be done even within restrictions laid down by President Bush.

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FAO Report of the Expert Consultation on Environmental Effects of Genetically Modified Crops

The cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops is changing agriculture practices in a number of developed and developing countries.

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Nancy Reagan plea on stem cells

Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan has urged the Bush administration to support embryonic stem cell research.

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Greenpeace activists prevent soybean loading

Greenpeace environmental activists tied themselves to mechanical loaders to prevent a ship from mixing conventional soybeans with genetically modified grain.

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GM food labelling law a must: ESCP

The Emirates Society for Consumer Protection (ESCP) is urging the country's relevant authorities to amend the existing food labelling law to include a statute concerning genetically modified (GM) food labelling, according to an ESCP official.

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Prostitutes wary of police DNA database

If the prostitutes of Edmonton and Halifax have forgotten they're plying a dangerous trade, police have given them a chilling reminder: Officers are asking them to submit strands of hair for DNA analysis, so investigators can identify the prostitutes if they end up in city morgues.

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Where Art Studio Meets Science Lab

The exhibition, on display until June 18, is called "Reprotech: Building Better Babies?" It uses visual imagery to illustrate and, Mr. Moreno hopes, spark debate about some of the most controversial topics in biology today: genetically engineered "designer babies," otherworldly pre-embryos, donor eggs as commodities and various other ideas about fetuses, fossilized and nonfossilized.

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CDFD joins Sun Microsystems to set up bioinformatics centre

The Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting (CDFD), the AP government and Sun Micro Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a Rs.30 crore centre of excellence (CoE) in bioinformatics in Hyderabad. The project is to be located at CDFD’s new facility at Gandipet near Hyderabad and will focus on medical bioinformatics. The facility is expected to start its operations by the end of this year.

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Genetic Engineers Back Growing Drugs in Food Crops

The controversial practice of using genetic engineering to grow drugs or industrial chemicals in food crops is picking up speed, according to a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Splicing Human Genes in Crops

Biotechnology companies are quietly pushing to splice more human genes into food crops after the practice was nearly abandoned last year, a Washington-based advocacy group says.

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US Contracts for Biometric Border


A group led by Accenture has won a US government security contract worth up to $10bn (£5.4bn) on Tuesday to track foreign visitors using digital photographs, fingerprints and other "biometric" information.

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