Sunday, August 21, 2005
Monsanto in the Phillipines
A combination of Monsanto's BT and Round Up Ready™ Corn has been approved for distribution in the Philippines.
Disciplining the Avant-Garde: The United States versus The Critical
An article by Gregory Sholette
that discusses"dynamic that may now characterize the American state and its attitude to artist-led ‘political’ intervention." A historical analysis of the federal case against Steve Kurtz and the CAE
in CIRCA magazine.
This is a couple of weeks after this was released, but the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
recently released a really important report on the global impact of nanotechnology
. This is not just your usual dystopic rant about how nanotech is going to turn us all into "gray goo
," it discusses the economic and political leverage that the G8 countries, especially those developing nano and biotech, are using to pressure the Global South to adopt policies friendly to the Northern-dominated market economy.
Monday, August 01, 2005
More on Opensourcing Biotech
A paper on open source biotech
. This is bound to be a much more ugly, if less media friendly, property-rights battle than music and video downloads. While the medical community may be behind a lot of open source research, the pharmaceutical and agricultural companies are certainly proving otherwise. Oh talk to us Vandana Shiva
Stem Cell Round Up
With Senator Frist changing his position
regarding federal funding for stem cell research
, the support for a bill to ease restrictions
on the research is looking likely to pass in the Congress. But the Bush Administration is expected to respond with a veto, something proponents of the bill apparently don't have the numbers to override. Here's one history of the debate so far (via NOVA)
Bio Art For Your Living Room
"DNA11 creates unique DNA portraits through an extraordinary combination of science and art. The process begins with the DNA being collected using a patented, non-invasive technique: depositing your saliva into a tube. This sample is then sent to our highly secure, certified laboratory, where the DNA is extracted to create a unique genetic fingerprint, using a technique that takes advantage of the variation that occurs among the DNA sequence of every individual."
But just in case you thought you were getting some genetic info with your print:
"Is there any specific genetic information that you can retrieve from my art piece?
No. The procedure we use creates a unique fingerprint does not provide any information about your genetic code. It is a unique, artistic representation of your genetic fingerprint."