Posts made in May, 2014

Major Milestone: 4 billion acres of biotech crops now planted globally

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              May 5, 2014 It’s no small number – 4 billion acres of biotech crops have now been planted globally.  The impressive mark was met and passed Saturday 3 May 2014, according to the Biotech Counter at Truth About Trade & Technology’s website. A few weeks ago the approaching milestone was the topic of a weekly column by Global Farmer Network member Jose Luis Romeo from Spain – that column can be seen here. Whoever the farmer was and where...

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PGC accelerates genomics research thru new bioinformatics facility

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

                15-April-2014 SEARCA BIC Media Release The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) of the University of the Philippines (UP) officially opened its Core Facility for Bioinformatics (CFB) last April 14, 2014. The opening took place alongside the ground-breaking ceremony for the new PGC building at UP Diliman, and a scientific symposium. The CFB aims to provide local scientists and researchers with quality services for genome-scale data generation...

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Farmers reject CA ruling on Bt crops

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              By Rey E. Requejo | Apr. 03, 2014 at 12:01am The Supreme Court has been asked to nullify a decision of the Court of Appeals stopping the field-testing of genetically modified eggplants or Bt talong. A group of farmers from Pangasinan and Bukidnon stressed that the CA decision issued in September last year  violated their constitutional right to property  and to protection of their means of livelihood. They said they have known the benefits of...

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GM crop use continues to benefit the environment and farmers

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

              Press release: 6 May 2014: Dorchester, UK: Crop biotechnology continues to provide major environmental benefits and allow farmers to grow more, using fewer resources. A majority of these benefits are in developing countries. ‘In the 17th year of widespread adoption, crops developed through genetic modification delivered more environmentally friendly farming practices while providing clear improvements to farmer productivity and income’ said Graham...

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Scripps Research Institute Scientists Create First Living Organism that Transmits Added Letters in DNA ‘Alphabet’

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Activities, News | 0 comments

            LA JOLLA, CA—May 7, 2014—Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA “letters,” or bases, not found in nature. The cells of this unique bacterium can replicate the unnatural DNA bases more or less normally, for as long as the molecular building blocks are supplied. “Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G, and what...

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