Innogen · News · May 3, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (27/04/13 - 03/05/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (27/04/13 - 03/05/13)

All the latest news from around the world on the life sciences and emerging technologies.

A weekly roundup of global news on topics, including: agriculture, the bioeconomy, food and energy security, genes and genomics, global health and development, healthcare, innovation systems, pharma, synthetic biology, science and technology.


Tanzania: Biotechnology – Cotton Production Set to Increase (All Africa)

Paterson insists there is no case to ban neonicotinoids (Farmers Guardian)

Supermarkets must stop scaremongering, say scientists (Food Manufacture)

A Hard Look at 3 Myths about Genetically Modified Crops (Scientific American)

Transgenics: A New Breed of Crops (Scientific American)


Are Genes Patentable? An Insider’s Review of the ACLU’s Supreme Court Argument on Gene Patenting (American Civil Liberties Union)

Should prisoners donate organs? (BioEdge)

Food & Energy Security

The Good and Bad of the Food Security Bill (Forbes India)

Is ‘schmeat’ the answer? In vitro meat could be the future of food (Gulf News)

Genes & Genomics

Network of genes is a crucial mechanism driving Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (News Medical)

Genes play role in wound healing, regulate biological processes in human skin (News Medical)

Researchers find a completely new DNA binding protein (Ars Technica)

Genes Found That May Protect Infants Born to Addicted Mothers (Bloomsberg)

Global Health

AIDS vaccine doesn’t work, U.S. government says as it halts study (National Post)

Failure of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A ‘Huge Disappointment’ (NPR)

The fight for global immunisation (Aljazeera)

Global health experts consider bird flu a ‘serious threat’ (NBC News)


Healthcare’s Big Problem with Little Data (Forbes)

Brain implant gives early warning of epileptic seizure (New Scientist)

New Lessons from Fighting an Ancient Disease (Harvard Business Review)

Innovation Systems

Value system key to Zimbabwe development (New Zimbabwe)

Africa’s sexy tech: Death by innovation? (CNN – Marketplace Africa)


Drug donations are great, but should Big Pharma be setting the agenda? (The Guardian)

Science & Technology

Progress in Science and Technology Does Not Necessarily Mean Human Development (The Link)

The unseen force that drives Ouija boards and fake bomb detectors (The Guardian)

Modern life is science fiction – but would you dare go on a one-way mission to Mars? (New Statesman)

The Science of Collaboration (Insider Higher Ed)