The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on February 13 its decision to deregulate the first two non-browning apple varieties, Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny.The Arctic apple’s go-ahead is a notable achievement for Canadian firm Okanagan Specialty Fruits, as the small biotech is one of the few to have successfully moved a GM plant through the regulatory process on its own. Indeed, two weeks after the apple’s launch, Okanagan announced its acquisition by Germantown, Maryland-based Intrexon, a synthetic biology company. Okanagan’s stockholders will receive $10 […]
A scientists team, led by Christopher Beard, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, shed light on an otherwise poorly documented interval of evolutionary history through fossils discovered in the Libyan desert. A new fossil has been found that proves the existence of a previously undiscovered species of ancient carnivorous amphibian. The massive fish-eating salamander prowled the land and water in the late Triassic Period more than 200 million years ago. According to Science News, the fossils were discovered in a lake bed in Portugal by […]
Stressors when applicable on two individuals in given circumstances can yield different results. They may force one to be mentally retarded or disabled while other may pass out unharmed. Why is it that stressors – like death or bankruptcy – can be life altering for one individual and unknowingly to other? What is it that differentiates the consequences even when the circumstances are similar? This ambiguity has haunted many philosophers and many researches have been done to discover the cause of this abnormality. Scientists from Duke University, Durham have started […]
Big Data Helpful For Innovation But There is a Need to Strike a Balance Say Panel of Global Young Scientists
During a discussion by a panel chaired by Professor Arnoud de Mayer, President of Singapore Management University at the Global Young Scientists Summit organized by the National Research Foundation of Singapore and held in Singapore from 18th to 23rd January there were several interesting insights into scientific research and impacts of big data. The Panel’s agenda was discussions on Turning Insights into Innovation. Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover and Michael Levitt, Shafi Goldwasser, winner of Turing Award and Michael Gratzel, winner of Millenium Technology Prize in 2010, constituted members of the […]
The latest scandal doing the rounds of the scientific world involves stem cells. A claim that the exposure of ordinary cells to stress gave rise to stem cells has been invested by RIKEN, a Japanese research institution. The investigation was headed by a committee made up of seven members from outside the institution to investigate the claim originating from within and, in all probability, the said stem cells were originally sourced from embryonic stem cells. The matter is contamination is also under investigation. Two teams, one of them headed by […]
Scientists developed recombinant DNA technology in the early seventies but may not have been aware of the immense possibilities this promised in the field of medicine, food production and technologies. Herbert Boyer genetically engineered the insulin gene in Escherichia coli and diabetes treatment changed forever. Since then recombinant DNA and biotech have made giant strides in pharmaceuticals and in agriculture with over 170 million hectares now producing higher than expected produce thanks to genetically modified plants.