Innogen · News · July 19, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (13/07/13 - 19/07/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (13/07/13 - 19/07/13)

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.


Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type (Reuters)

GMOs: Researchers debate the safety of genetically modified foods (Fox News)

Once Upon a Village Value Chain in Africa (Huffington Post)

In Oregon, The GMO Wheat Mystery Deepens (NPR)

Hunt for mystery GM wheat hots up (Nature)

Techies and Farmers Co-create the Future of Food at Hack//Meat (Huffington Post)

Monsanto to drop applications to grow GM crops in EU (Financial Times)


The Gas Is Greener (Slate)

What is bioeconomy? (NB Forest)

Innovating for sustainable growth: a bioeconomy for Europe (thEUnit)

Food & Energy Security

Fury over calls for limits on biofuels (Scotsman)

Promoting interdisciplinarity through climate change education (Nature Climate Change)

Biotechnology, Must for Food Security in Nigeria (All Africa)

Genes & Genomics

You can’t patent human genes. So why are genetic testing companies getting sued? (Washington Post Wonkblog)

The Economist explains: What is epigenetics? (Economist)

Myriad Uncertainties Re: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (National Law Review)

Myriad Mocks Supreme Court’s Ruling On Gene Patents; Sues New Competitors Doing Breast Cancer Tests (Techdirt)

Gene Patents and Healthcare Inequality (Genomeweb)

Global Health & Development

Taking financial services to Africa’s poorest consumers (Guardian)

As disease rates fall in Africa, EU urged to maintain health aid (EurActiv)


Gene therapy treats children with rare diseases (Science News)

‘Do Clinical Trials Work?’ – NY Times Op-Ed Misses An Opportunity To Teach And Instead Resorts to Negativism (Forbes)

The Future of Regenerative Medicine (Huffington Post)

Cancer surgery: Tumour ‘sniffing’ surgical knife designed (BBC)

Innovation Systems

Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality, Hurts the Economy (Techdirt)

Why not…privatise the NHS (BBC)

Science & Technology

Making Sense of Uncertainty Report (Sense About Science)

Don’t market stem-cell products ahead of proof (Nature)

Beneath the white coat: the radical science movement (Guardian)

Scientists power mobile phone using urine (Times Live)

Synthetic Biology

A lesson in ethics from the citizen scientists (Telegraph)

Will synthetic biology become a GM-style battleground? (BBC)

Innogen Associates

James Smith: Bitcoin Fuels Africa’s Banking Revolution (All Africa)