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Keyword: biotechnology

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  • Scientists discover ultimate ‘cure-all’ (Cures baldness, gum disease, stretch marks...)

    05/04/2005 10:36:21 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 2,502+ views
    UK Times ^ | May 2, 2005 | Correspondent
    A TREATMENT for balding men, women with stretchmarks and anyone who has gum disease may have been discovered by scientists. As cure-alls go, an injection of fibroblasts may be the ultimate. The new technology is being developing by Isolagen, a Texas-based biotech company, and 50 patients are to undergo clincial trials in London. Fibroblasts are tiny cells that control levels of the proteins collagen and elastin, which are found in skin, bones and other tissue. To treat burns, the scientists take cells from an undamaged area, extract the fibroblasts and multiply them in the laboratory before injecting them back into...
  • Genetic mingling mixes human, animal cells

    04/30/2005 9:34:28 AM PDT · by beaelysium · 3 replies · 699+ views ^ | Fri, Apr. 29, 2005 | PAUL ELIAS
    Fri, Apr. 29, 2005BusinessweekGenetic mingling mixes human, animal cells The Associated Press /RENO, Nev. By PAUL ELIAS AP Biotechnology Writer   RENO, Nev. - On a farm about six miles outside this gambling town, Jason Chamberlain looks over a flock of about 50 smelly sheep, many of them possessing partially human livers, hearts, brains and other organs.
  • Brazil Passes Law Allowing Crops With Modified Genes (& human embryonic stem cells research)

    03/03/2005 10:48:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 389+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2005 | TODD BENSON
    SÃO PAULO, Brazil, March 3 - In a significant victory for large biotechnology companies like Monsanto, Brazil's lower house of Congress has overwhelmingly approved legislation paving the way for the legalization of genetically modified crops. After months of delays and heated debate, legislators passed a biotechnology law late Wednesday night by a vote of 352 to 60. The bill had pitted farmers and scientists against environmental and religious groups. Besides lifting a longstanding ban on the sale and planting of gene-altered seeds, the legislation also clears the way for research involving human embryonic stem cells that have been frozen for...
  • Book Review: "Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World",by Wesley J. Smith

    02/24/2005 9:15:11 PM PST · by Stoat · 1 replies · 489+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | February 23, 2005 | Travis D. Smith
    Race to the Finish Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World, by Wesley J. Smith By Travis D. Smith Wesley J. Smith excels at making complicated and controversial biotechnologies easier to understand while exposing the tricks and rationalizations that are oftentimes used to advance them. His latest book offers an inventory of the interested parties in these matters, from ethicists to ideologues and cult leaders, to scientists, celebrities, politicians, and businessmen. But the most essential and durable part of Smith's book is the author's uncompromising yet carefully considered arguments, which will hold, while various procedures, and those devoted to...
  • Human "Embryonic" stem cells trigger immune attack, may be useless for therapeutic applications

    01/24/2005 8:24:51 PM PST · by Coleus · 23 replies · 3,370+ views
    Nature ^ | 01.24.05
    Human stem cells trigger immune attackJessica Ebert Doubt cast on therapeutic use of embryonic cell lines. Exposure to molecules from animals might have made human stem cells unacceptable.© ANDREW LEONARD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Most human embryonic stem-cell lines, including those available to federally funded researchers in the United States, may be useless for therapeutic applications. The body's immune defences would probably attack the cells, say US researchers. When embryonic stem cells are added to serum from human blood, antibodies stick to the cells. This suggests the cells are seen as foreign, and that transplanting them into the body would...
  • S Korea approves cloning research

    01/12/2005 12:07:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 384+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | 12 January, 2005
    Seoul (AsiaNews/Agencies) - South Korea gave official government backing on Wednesday to ground-breaking research that produced the world’s first cloned human embryos. The health and welfare ministry said a research team led by Hwang Woo-Seok, a Seoul National University professor, has been officially registered as a state institute and its research approved. “Professor Hwang Woo-Seok’s team will now be able to step up its research on stem cells under the government’s management system,” the ministry said in a statement. In February 2004, Professor Hwang’s cutting edge research produced the first cloned human embryos to generate stem cells for therapeutic purposes....
  • Facing Biotech Foods Without the Fear Factor

    01/11/2005 9:00:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 2,218+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2005 | JANE E. BRODY
    Almost everywhere food is sold these days, you are likely to find products claiming to contain no genetically modified substances. But unless you are buying wild mushrooms, game, berries or fish, that statement is untrue. Nearly every food we eat has been genetically modified, through centuries of crosses, both within and between species, and for most of the last century through mutations induced by bombarding seeds with chemicals or radiation. In each of these techniques, dozens, hundreds, even thousands of genes of unknown function are transferred or modified to produce new food varieties. Most so-called organic foods are no exception....
  • Pew's parallel universe

    01/06/2005 12:39:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 488+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 6, 2005 | Henry I. Miller
    The Washington Times Pew's parallel universeBy Henry I. MillerPublished January 6, 2005 The "new biotechnology," or gene-splicing, applied to agriculture and food production is here to stay. More than 80 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves soft drinks, preserves, mayonnaise, salad dressings include ingredients from gene-spliced plants, and Americans have safely consumed more than a trillion servings of these foods.     But opposition continues to genetically improving plants by use of these precise and predictable techniques, largely due to a drumbeat of misrepresentations by antibiotechnology activists.     Some of these radicals, like Greenpeace, make no secret they intend to...
  • The Cuban Biotech Revolution

    01/03/2005 6:19:54 PM PST · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 677+ views
    Havana Journal ^ | December 2004 | By Douglas Starr
    The end of the cold war was cruel to Cuba. The country's trading partners, denied Soviet largesse, dried up. Hard cash ran low. What food the country could grow languished in the fields; trucks didn't have enough gasoline to bring the crops to market. And of course there was the US embargo. What Cubans call "the Special Period" produced one notable success: pharmaceuticals. In the wake of the Soviet collapse, Cuba got so good at making knockoff drugs that a thriving industry took hold. Today the country is the largest medicine exporter in Latin America and has more than 50...
  • Big names back stem-cell plan (WA)

    12/20/2004 5:35:59 PM PST · by transhumanist · 5 replies · 216+ views
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | 12/17/04 | Greg Lamm
    A group of prominent scientists, researchers and doctors is teaming up to push for a state law permitting embryonic stem-cell research in Washington. The effort, fueled by concerns that other states are poised to drain away top people and funding from the region's research institutions and biotechnology companies, aims to keep local researchers competitive in a science that many believe will yield cures for diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. "We don't want Washington state to be left behind on stem-cell research by default," said state Rep. Shay Schual-Berke (D-Normandy Park), who intends to be a lead sponsor for...
  • Cuban Biotech, Construction projects in Vietnam

    12/19/2004 9:13:08 PM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Via NY Transfer News Collective ^ | Fri Dec 17, 2004 10:35 pm | Prensa Latina, Havana
    Cuba Helps Vietnam Road Development Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khi opened Friday construction works at the 38-mile Ho Chi Minh-Trung Luong highway, in which Cuban experts have played a pivotal role. The road is part of a wider driveway that links different spots of the huge southern Can Tho, administrative center of the Mekong-river delta provinces. It is the first highway in Vietnam, with eight 3.75-yard lanes and two others devoted to emergencies, expected to be finished in 2007. This project is a property of MTA (My Thuan's Administration), while...
  • Suckers for 'Science'(How to talk California taxpayers out of $3 billion.)

    11/16/2004 11:27:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 580+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/15/2004 | Wesley J. Smith
    THE PASSAGE OF PROPOSITION 71 in California (the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act) was an acute case of electoral folly. As Californians plunged headlong into a $6 billion quagmire of debt in a quixotic quest for "miracle cures" from human cloning and embryonic stem cells, they simultaneously rejected Prop. 67, an initiative that would have added a modest tax to phone bills to keep the state's endangered emergency rooms and trauma centers from shutting down. This is a remarkable and disconcerting development. It wasn't long ago that California's trauma centers were the pride of the state and a model...
  • Biotechnology : Norman Borlaug's Legacy

    09/02/2004 1:49:13 PM PDT · by BattleFlag · 2 replies · 233+ views
    The Center for Consumer Freedom ^ | Sep 2, 2004 | The Center for Consumer Freedom
    The clamor over genetically enhanced crops has reached a fevered pitch in France. In the last few months, a group of neo-luddite radicals have crisscrossed the countryside razing fields and sowing baseless paranoia. In one evening alone, more than 1,500 people -- led by anti-globalization militant Jose Bove -- tore the crops out by their roots as police stood by and watched. "For us," Bove has exclaimed, "this combat will not stop."
  • California's Other Senator, Jon Corzine wants to help CA lure biotech cloning companies away from NJ

    08/29/2004 9:00:04 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies · 625+ views
    Weekley Standard ^ | 08.27.04 | Wesley J. Smith, Esq.
    MY STATE of California now has three United States senators. No, we weren't granted increased representation because we are the biggest state. Rather, New Jersey Democratic senator Jon Corzine just tried to boost California's biotech sector by personally donating $100,000 to help pass Proposition 71, an initiative on the November ballot that would force Californians to borrow $3 billion over 10 years to pay biotech companies and their university business partners to conduct mass experiments in human cloning and embryonic stem cell research.Proposition 71's supporters claim that since only in-state companies will be eligible to pick fruit off the public...
  • Are we still evolving?

    07/10/2004 7:06:11 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 117 replies · 2,483+ views
    Prospect (UK) ^ | July, 2004 | Gabrielle Walker
    Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection struck a body-blow to human hubris. We were not, after all, an elevated species, untainted by the vagaries of nature. Instead, we had obtained our exalted powers in the same manner as all other living things - through fortuitous evolutionary adaptations to a natural world characterised by what Darwin called "blind, pitiless indifference". Natural selection works on us because millions of random mutations occur in our genetic blueprint between one generation and the next. Suppose one of those gives rise to a trait that enhances your capacity to survive some environmental hazard; you live...
  • Studies Find Biotechnology Anemia Drug Shows Promise in Treating Several Diseases

    07/08/2004 11:27:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 408+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 9, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Amgen's anemia drug, the best-selling product developed so far by the biotechnology industry, might have broad new uses, recent studies have found. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that in addition to bolstering the body's red blood cells, the drug, EPO, is present in the central nervous system and acts to protect cells and tissues from damage and death. That could make it useful as a treatment for strokes, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and many other ailments. Testing in humans is in very early stages. A small study by academic scientists in Germany found that EPO, when given within...
  • Bush Opposes Using Embryos for Research [Laura Bush opposes this too?]

    06/09/2004 6:48:37 AM PDT · by shhrubbery! · 19 replies · 575+ views
    AP ^ | 6/09/04 | AP
    Today: June 09, 2004 at 5:46:55 PDT Bush Opposes Using Embryos for ResearchASSOCIATED PRESS SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Ronald Reagan's death from complications of Alzheimer's disease has not changed President Bush's stand against using embryos for stem-cell research, Laura Bush said Wednesday. Former first lady Nancy Reagan and others believe the use of stem cells from embryos could lead to cures for such illnesses as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Bush's executive order in August 2001, however, limited federal research funding for stem cell research to 78 embryonic stem cell lines then in existence. "We need to balance the interest in...
  • Innovators for Bush

    05/18/2004 2:16:19 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 288+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | May 18, 2004
          Michael DellChairman and CEO, Dell, Inc. Meg WhitmanPresident & CEO, eBay, Inc. Craig McCawChairman & Co-CEO, Teledesic Mark HurdPresident and CEO, NCR Corporation John ChambersCEO & President, Cisco Systems Jim BarksdalePresident & CEO, Barksdale Management Carol BartzChairman of the Board & CEO, Autodesk Leaders in Technology, Telecommunications and Biotechnology Launch Innovators for Bush-CheneyDell, Whitman, McCaw, Bartz Chambers, Barksdale and More Announce Support for President Bush and Vice President CheneyArlington, VA – Today, some of the nation’s top leaders in technology, telecommunications and biotechnology announced in a web video their endorsement of President Bush. The web video...
  • Sea of dreams

    05/04/2004 4:00:30 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 1 replies · 220+ views
    The Economist ^ | Apr 29th 2004
    Biotechnology Sea of dreams BBSR Apr 29th 2004 | ORLANDO From The Economist print edition Genetically modified microbes will lead to a revolution in industrial biotechnology CRAIG VENTER, the man who led the privately funded project to sequence the human genome, is someone who likes to mix business with pleasure. And for a geneticist whose passion is sailing, there can be few more satisfying ways of doing so than sampling genes in the Sargasso sea, near Bermuda. The samples he took there last year yielded a surprise. The sea had looked as though it was the oceanic equivalent of a...
  • Bush's Science Aide Rejects Claims of Distorted Facts

    04/02/2004 11:54:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 450+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2004 | ANDREW C. REVKIN
    April 3, 2004 Bush's Science Aide Rejects Claims of Distorted FactsBy ANDREW C. REVKIN he White House issued a detailed rebuttal yesterday to accusations by an advocacy group and 60 prominent scientists that the Bush administration had distorted or suppressed scientific information to suit its politics. In a letter to Congress, which had requested a White House response, Dr. John H. Marburger III, science adviser to President Bush, said most of the accusations were false and in some cases "preposterous." In February, the advocacy group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, which has long criticized administration policies on issues like...