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  • Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution?

    04/13/2009 9:14:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,419+ views
    ICR ^ | April 13, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Viral Batteries: A Case for Evolution? by Brian Thomas, M.S.* Researchers at MIT have invented a “greener” battery with the help of viruses. Three years ago, they engineered a virus that coats itself with material that serves as an anode, a structure within a battery that attracts positive ions. They have now engineered a virus (bacteriophage) that serves as a cathode, which indirectly links to the anode to help make the battery functional. The result is a battery with little impact on the environment. National Public Radio (NPR) ran a report on its Morning Edition that compared the development of...
  • Rice with human proteins to take root in Kansas

    05/21/2007 11:02:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 552+ views
    Nature ^ | 5/18/07 | Emma Marris
    Pharmed food crop approved for growth despite controversy.Rice modified to express proteins often found in breast milk will be planted in Kansas. It's certainly not the first crop designed to produce pharmaceutical proteins given the go-ahead in the United States or elsewhere (see 'Turning plants into protein factories'). But this is among the first food crops containing genes that produce human proteins to gain approval for large-scale planting. Many other pharmaceutical genetically-modified (GM) crops are grown indoors or in inedible plants such as tobacco. The rice strains, made by Ventria Bioscience in Sacramento, California, produce lysozyme, lactoferrin and human serum...
  • Scrambling and Gambling with the Genome

    02/26/2006 1:35:50 PM PST · by A. Pole · 7 replies · 232+ views
    Spilling the Beans ^ | July 2005 | Jeffrey M. Smith
    “With genetic engineering, transferring genes from one species’ DNA to another is just like taking a page out of one book and putting it between the pages of another book.” This popular analogy is used often by advocates of genetically modified (GM) food. The words on the page are made up of the four letters, or molecules, of the genetic code, which line up in “base pairs” along the DNA. The inserted page represents a gene, whose code produces one or more proteins. The book is made up of chapters, which represent chromosomes—large sections of DNA. The analogy makes the...

    10/29/2005 7:14:22 AM PDT · by blues_guitarist · 12 replies · 339+ views ^ | October 29, 2005 | Mark Henderson
    The long-term threat of an avian flu pandemic could be greatly reduced by a project to produce genetically modified chickens that can resist lethal strains of the virus. British scientists are genetically engineering chickens to protect them against the H5N1 virus that has devastated poultry farms in the Far East, with a view to replacing stocks with birds that are not susceptible to influenza. The technique should also offer protection against many other strains of flu with the potential to start a human pandemic, such as the H7 subgroup that was responsible for an outbreak in Dutch poultry in 2003....
  • GM industry puts human gene into rice

    04/25/2005 5:19:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies · 666+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 4/25/05 | Duncan Gardham
    Scientists have begun mixing human genes with rice in an attempt to take genetically modified crops to the next level. Researchers have inserted into rice a gene from the human liver that produces an enzyme which is good at breaking down harmful chemicals in the human body. They hope the enzyme, CYP2B6, will do the same to herbicides and pollutants when combined with rice. But anti-GM campaigners say using human genes will scare off consumers worried about cannibalism and the idea of scientists playing God. Sue Mayer of GeneWatch UK said: 'I don't think anyone will want to buy this...
  • Facts versus fears on biotechnology:

    03/09/2005 9:52:21 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 18 replies · 698+ views
    CFP ^ | March 9, 2005 | Paul Driessen and Cyril Boynes Jr
    The Congress of Racial Equality’s recent conference, video and commentary on agricultural biotechnology* presented personal testimonials from African farmers whose lives have been improved by GM crops, impressive data on progress, and a message of hope for poor, malnourished people in developing countries. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. But not from all quarters. Predictably, anti-GM zealots continue to offer a steady stream of unsupported and unsupportable invective. To hear them tell it, biotechnology is a "scourge" that will do nothing to save lives or reduce poverty and malnutrition. "Evil multinationals" like Monsanto are determined to impose "a new form...
  • What thoughtless activists want to do with biotechnology

    02/14/2005 11:56:51 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 13 replies · 632+ views
    CFP ^ | February 14, 2005 | Paul Driessen and Cyril Boynes, Jr.,
    Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. Ruth Oniango has a dream. A member of Kenya’s parliament, she dreams of the day when the people of her poor country "can feed themselves." Congress of Racial Equality national chairman Roy Innis shares that vision. But he also knows the obstacles. "Over 70 percent of Africans are employed in farming full time," he points out. "Yet, half of those countries rely on emergency food aid. Within 10 years, Africa will be home to three-fourths of the world’s hungry people." Many of the continent’s farmers are women who labor sunup to sundown on 3...
  • Europeans Scoff at (genetically engineered, modified) Bioengineered Beer

    07/09/2004 6:35:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 432+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/04 | MATT MOORE
    Europeans Scoff at Bioengineered Beer Fri Jul 9, 2:09 PM ET By MATT MOORE, AP Business Writer COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Spurned across the continent by food-fastidious Europeans, the biotechnology industry has turned in its quest for converts to the ultimate ice breaker: genetically modified beer. A consortium of the world's largest biotech companies led by Monsanto Co. helped fund a Swedish brewer's new light lager that's produced with the usual hops and barley — and a touch of genetically engineered corn. Brew master Kenth Persson hopes to profit from the notoriety his biotech brew is generating, while biotech companies hope...
  • Genetically-modified virus explodes cancer cells

    06/02/2004 1:48:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 211+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6/1/04 | Shaoni Bhattacharya
    A genetically-modified virus that exploits the selfish behaviour of cancer cells may offer a powerful and selective way of killing tumours. Deleting a key gene from the virus enabled it to infect and burst cancer cells while leaving normal tissues unharmed, reveals a study by researchers at Cancer Research UK and Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London. Viruses spread by infiltrating the cells of their host. Normally, the detection of an intruder by a cell triggers a process called apoptosis, which causes the cell to commit suicide and prevents the virus spreading further. However, viruses can...
  • Greenpeace activists prevent soybean loading [eco-sabotage in Brazil]

    05/08/2004 11:33:25 PM PDT · by Southack · 17 replies · 389+ views
    cnn ^ | 5/8/04 | staff
    Greenpeace activists prevent soybean loading Group stops mixing of genetically altered, natural beans on ship Saturday, May 8, 2004 Posted: 8:07 PM EDT (0007 GMT) RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A freighter left Brazil's southern port of Paranagua on Saturday after Greenpeace environmental activists tied themselves to mechanical loaders to prevent the ship from mixing conventional soybeans with genetically modified grain. The freighter's destination wasn't immediately known. It had originally been bound for Turkey, Greenpeace said. The activists, all members of the environmental group Greenpeace, chained themselves to the top of the loaders at 11:30 p.m. Friday, shortly before...
  • Farmers Genetically Modified Corn 4,000 Years Ago

    11/13/2003 3:09:10 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies · 538+ views
    Ananova ^ | 11-13-2003
    Farmers genetically modified corn 4,000 years ago Researchers have claimed that farmers in the US and Mexico changed corn genes through selective breeding more than 4,000 years ago. The scientists say the modifications produced the large cobs and fat kernels that make corn one of humanity's most important foods. In a study that compares the genes of corn cobs recovered in Mexico and the southwestern United States, researchers found that three key genetic variants were systematically enhanced, probably through selective cultivation, over thousands of years. The technique was not as sophisticated as the methods used for modern genetically modified crops,...
  • Genetically Engineered Trees

    08/15/2003 9:10:56 AM PDT · by bedolido · 34 replies · 627+ views
    Sierra Club ^ | 08/15/03 | Staff Writer
    Genetic engineering of food crops has been a stealth technology, introduced with little public debate and arriving on grocery shelves unlabeled. Now another application of genetically engineered (GE) agriculture is sneaking up on us - the production of transgenic trees by paper and lumber companies. The possibility that the new genes spliced into GE trees will interfere with natural forests isn't a hypothetical risk but a certainty. During our lives, genetic transgenic trees by paper and lumber companies. The possibility that the new genes spliced into GE trees will interfere with natural forests isn't a hypothetical risk but a certainty....
  • EU move OK's sale of altered foods

    07/23/2003 3:18:39 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 162+ views
    AP Wire | July 23 2003 | Associated Press
    BRUSSELS -- European Union agriculture ministers yesterday formally approved tougher labeling of new genetically altered food products, paving the way for new biotech foods to be sold in Europe by this fall. The move was a formality after the European Parliament passed the new rules July 2 to avoid a trade battle with the United States. But Washington said the new rules would do little to remove barriers on new genetically altered products in the European market and has maintained the EU's biotech policy violates principles of free trade. The EU's health and consumer protection commissioner, David Byrne, welcomed yesterday's...
  • GM (genetically modified food) ban could be lifted, says EU

    07/01/2003 6:51:55 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 445+ views
    CNN ^ | July 1, 2003 | CNN
    <p>BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Parliament is expected to approve tough rules that could lift a ban on new genetically-modified foods, but require wider warning labels.</p> <p>Observers say the legislation is likely to aggravate an already bitter trade dispute between the U.S. and the EU.</p>
  • Genetically modified grass snuffs out hayfever

    06/22/2003 2:05:15 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 1 replies · 180+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19:00 18 June 03 | Rachel Nowak, Melbourne
    A hypoallergenic grass genetically modified to lack two common hay-fever allergens is set to enter field trials in the US. The researchers behind the GM grass hope it will help shift public opinion around the world in favour of GM crops. "The beauty of this grass is that it will benefit the wider public not just the primary producer," says German Spangenberg of the Plant Biotechnology Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Perennial and Italian ryegrasses, the types Spangenberg and his team have genetically modified, are sown for lawns and pasture around the world and account for 70 per...