Posts made in May, 2013

Development underway for first transgenic sugarcane plantation

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            Sweet and sticky: Workers harvest sugarcane at a plantation in Tulungagung, East Java. The government recently approved the first transgenic sugarcane and other 13 biotech food crops for commercial production.     Anggi M. Lubis, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Business | Mon, May 20 2013 The National Genetically Modified Product Biosafety Commission (KKHPRG) recently approved the first genetically-altered sugarcane crop, paving the way for the...

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Who’s afraid of the GMO eggplant?

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              Dr. Michael Purugganan (May 27, 2013) The Court of Appeals recently struck a blow to GMO crops in the Philippines by its decision to stop field trials for Bt talong, a genetically modified (GMO) eggplant. If successful, this biotech crop would have allowed Filipino farmers larger harvests while spraying less pesticides in their fields. We need to strike a note of caution, but not in the way the court ruling suggests. Instead, as we look at GMO...

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Intel fetes Pinoy student for developing fungicide vs ‘banana blight’

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              (May 22, 2013)  Judel Jay Tabsing of Panabo National High School won fourth place in the plant sciences division of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for developing a possible fungicide for the dreaded “banana blight”. Banana blight is caused by a particular type of fungus that quickly spreads from plant to plant, potentially wiping out an entire country’s supply of bananas. In the 1950s, the blight spread...

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Molecular Trigger for Alzheimer’s Disease Identified

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            This is an image, magnified a million times, of amyloid fibril, the type of protein structures that are formed in Alzheimer’s   University of Cambridge (May 20, 2013) — Researchers have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – when the fundamental structure of a protein molecule changes to cause a chain reaction that leads to the death of neurons in the brain. For the first time, scientists at Cambridge’s...

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Our Heritage in Our Genes: Biodiversity, the Filipino Genome, and More

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Activities, Classifieds, News | 0 comments

Our Heritage in Our Genes: Biodiversity, the Filipino Genome, and More

            Our Heritage in Our Genes Biodiversity, the Filipino Genome, and More A Talk by Dr. Michael Purugganan   2:00-3:00 pm, Thursday, July 25, 2013 Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall National Art Gallery (former Legislative Building), P. Burgos Street, Manila   The Philippines is a hotspot of biological diversity in the richness of the species that inhabit the country and the peoples that populate the archipelago. Situated in a migratory...

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