Tag Archives: Biotechnology

Patenting the human body

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Article reads: The patient, a man named John Moore, was never told that his discarded body parts could be used in other ways. He sued his doctor and the University of California, where the procedure took place, for lying to him about his tissue — and because he did not want to be the subject of a patent. The case went all the way to the California Supreme Court, where Moore lost. In the decision, the court noted that Moore had no right to any share of the profits obtained from anything developed from his discarded body parts.

GMO regulation comes with a price

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http://www.hpj.com/archives/2011/aug11/aug15/0808Wyantsr.cfm

Article reads: With the challenges of feeding a rapidly growing global population, farmers are looking for new seed traits that can improve yields, withstand extreme weather, and provide greater end-user value. Brazil, where regulators are steadily approving new biotech seed traits, has signaled that it is open for biotech business. That’s unlike the United States, where the regulatory approval process has slowed to a snail’s pace.

Quick production of bio-fuels

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110810133010.htm

Article reads: In a biotechnological tour de force, Rice University engineering researchers this week unveiled a new method for rapidly converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes. In a paper published online in Nature, Rice’s team described how it reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways — the beta oxidation cycle — to engineer bacteria that produce biofuel at a breakneck pace.

Roundup blamed for problems in plants and animals

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Article reads: One of the experts set to testify at Wednesday’s long-awaited meeting about the county’s policy for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on open space says scientists are seeing new, alarming patterns in plants and animals due to increased use of the herbicide Roundup.

Glowing dog

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Article reads: South Korean scientists say they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.

Human animal hybrids grown in UK labs

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Article reads: Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories. The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

Cattle genetics

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Article reads: While beef producers, veterinarians and researchers have worked diligently to protect animal health, most of the focus has been on management factors such as using vaccines, minimizing stress, optimizing nutrition and reducing exposure to pathogens. All those approaches help, but the potential for adding genetic selection to the animal-health toolbox could bring further improvements. And advancements in genomics, linking DNA markers to specific traits related to disease resistance, can make it possible.

Toxins from genetically modified plants found in humans

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/serenityandtolerance/message/6900

Article reads: According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which “appears to blow a hole in” safety claims, “has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.” Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.

Single molecule performs multiple logic operations

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-molecule-multiple-logic-simultaneously.html

Article reads: While molecules have already been used to perform individual logic operations, scientists have now shown that a single molecule can perform 13 logic operations, some of them in parallel. The molecule, which consists of three chromophores, is operated by different wavelengths of light.

Genetically modified alfalfa

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Article reads: A war is escalating over genetically modified alfalfa – and depending on whom you talk to, either the fate of a sector or the future of millions hangs in the balance. The fight has emerged as a key battleground in the increasing tension between organic growers and biotech firms. With food prices rising and concerns mounting about global food demand, both sides have sharpened their attacks.