Innogen · News · June 21, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (15/06/13 - 21/06/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (15/06/13 - 21/06/13)

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.


Now Cameron backs genetically modified crops to prove Britain is pro-science (Daily Mail)

Uganda considering genetically modified organisms to stave off crop disaster (Public Radio International)

Scientists Debate New Study On GMO-Fed Pigs (Huffington Post)

Probe indicates biotech wheat was “isolated incident” – USDA (Reuters)

GM crops? It’s business, as usual (The Independent)

Owen Paterson: UK must become global leader on GM crops (Guardian)

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary (BBC)

Court decision on gene patents impacts GM crops (Capital Press)


Zimbabwe: Call to Raise Awareness of Biotech Issues (All Africa)

Food & Energy Security

New food security alliance is timely for Malawi’s path out of poverty (Guardian)

Facts on New Alliance for Food Security, Nutrition (All Africa)

World’s poorest will feel brunt of climate change, warns World Bank (Guardian)

Genes & Genomics

Human genes patent ruling: some clarity but real problem remains (Guardian)

Killing Gene Patents Could Revitalize Biotech (Wired)

Human genome project paid off in $966 B life sciences boom (Delaware Online)

US Supreme Court’s judgment on gene patents is neither ethical nor logical (Economic Times)

Ban on human gene patents is baffling but it won’t impede biotech research (Guardian)

Gene Patents Decision: Everybody Wins (The Scientist)

Our Genes, Their Secrets (New York Times)

Global Health & Development

UK to unveil £50m fund for life-saving innovations (Guardian)

The power of storytelling (Guardian)

Technology can help kill corruption in developing countries (Financial Times)

Antibiotic Resistance: A global health catastrophe? (The Economist)

An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest (New York Times)

A post-2015 global agenda that could boost development goals (The Nation)


Regenerative medicine: Heartbroken embryos heal (Nature)

Innovation Systems

Namibia: Innovation – an Overloaded and Clichéd Term (All Africa)

Call to create stronger mechanisms and structures for translational medicine (Science Business)


Supreme Court Lets Regulators Sue Over Generic Drug Deals (New York Times)

Drug patents: Pay-for-delay’s bad day in court (Los Angeles Times)

GSK links with French venture firm to target rare diseases (Reuters)

Science & Technology

3D Printing Tiny Batteries For Tiny Robots, Medical Devices (Forbes)

How vulnerable are medical devices to hackers? (The Economist)

Why Art and Science? (PLOS Blogs)

Synthetic Biology

The Scary Side of Synbio Glowing Plants (Mother Jones)

Geneticist Adam Rutherford: by ‘controlling living systems,’ synthetic biology will change the world (The Verge)

Innogen Associates

Marianna Mazzucato: Five minutes with Mariana Mazzucato: “We have socialised the risk of innovation but privatised the rewards” (LSE EUROPP Blog)