Posts made in December, 2012

Biologists Engineer Algae to Make Complex Anti-Cancer ‘Designer’ Drug

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              December 10, 2012 | By Kim McDonald Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. Their achievement, detailed in a paper in this week’s early online issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made...

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University of Illinois to Improve Crop Yield through Photosynthesis in a New Global Effort

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

University of Illinois to Improve Crop Yield through Photosynthesis in a New Global Effort

          Project aims to increase photosynthetic efficiency for sustainable yield increase The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a five–year, $25-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the photosynthetic properties of key food crops, including rice and cassava. The project, titled “RIPE – Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency,” has the potential to benefit farmers around the world by increasing productivity...

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Speed up roll-out of GM crops, says Downing Street

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Speed up roll-out of GM crops, says Downing Street

              European Union bureaucrats are being urged by David Cameron to let more farmers grow genetically-modified crops in the UK. By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent 12:30PM GMT 10 Dec 2012 Downing Street said it was working behind the scenes to encourage European Commission officials to make it easier for farmers to grow GM crops. The news came after Owen Paterson, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs secretary, said in an interview...

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In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia

              By DENISE GRADY Published: December 9, 2012 PHILIPSBURG, Pa. — Emma Whitehead has been bounding around the house lately, practicing somersaults and rugby-style tumbles that make her parents wince. It is hard to believe, but last spring Emma, then 6, was near death from leukemia. She had relapsed twice after chemotherapy, and doctors had run out of options. Desperate to save her, her parents sought an experimental treatment at the Children’s...

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Séralini et al. study conclusions not supported by data, says EU risk assessment community

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Activities, News | 0 comments

Séralini et al. study conclusions not supported by data, says EU risk assessment community

              Press Release 28 November 2012 Serious defects in the design and methodology of a paper by Séralini et al. mean it does not meet acceptable scientific standards and there is no need to re-examine previous safety evaluations of genetically modified maize NK603. These are the conclusions of separate and independent assessments carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and six EU Member States following publication of the paper in...

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