Innogen · News · September 27, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (21/09/13 - 27/09/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (21/09/13 - 27/09/13)

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.


Scientists speak out against vandalism of genetically modified rice (ABC News)

U.S. House votes to extend “Monsanto rider” on GM crops (Reuters)

Are Global Agricultural Trade Policies Only Protecting The Developed World? (Economy Watch)

‘GM Crops Won’t Solve India’s Food Crisis’ (Wall Street Journal)

Genetically Modified Rice Brings Benefit To Wild Neighbors (Science 2.0)


‘Bioeconomy’ Focus of Talk by Environmentalist Vandana Shiva (India West)

Why sustainability indexes miss the mark (Business Green)

Are governments’ trade policies harming the growth of renewables (Guardian)

Biotechnology: The start-up engine (Nature)

Food & Energy Security

Research funding and skills key to food for post-2015 (SciDevNet)

There can be no sustainable adaptation without good governance (Guardian)

Can Climate Change and Poverty Be Defeated At Once? (Climate Progress)

Genes & Genomics

Genetics in Medicine publishes special issue dedicated to genomics in electronic health records (

Epigenetics: Are Genes The New Brains? (Discover)

Global Development

NGOs no longer set the agenda for development, say CEOs (Guardian)

Global efforts to tackle poverty and climate change must come together (Guardian)

Reel aid workers: how Hollywood is shaping expectations (Guardian)

Millennium development goals: big ideas, broken promises? (Guardian)

Can we trust the UN to end global poverty? (Guardian)

Private and Public Sectors Announce First Ever Joint Dialogue Session (All Africa)

We need to rethink how we provide aid to Africa (Guardian)

Global Health

Indian scientists make dengue vaccine breakthrough as early trials show it creates ‘robust immunity’ (Daily Mail)

Put the Frontline Health Worker Into the Post-2015 Framework (HuffPost)

AIDS no more to remain epidemic by 2030: UN official (States Chronicle)

New Investment Fund Will Advance Late-State Vaccines and other Global Health Technologies (Wall Street Journal)

New tools to Fight Sleeping Sickness (All Africa)

‘Frugal’ medical devices to help developing countries (The Engineer)

UK makes £1bn ‘all or nothing’ pledge on Aids, tuberculosis and malaria (Guardian)

Spreading Global Health, One Flash Mob At A Time (Mashable)

Study explores barriers to HIV vaccine response (R&D Magazine)


Medical Devices Need Unique Identifiers Under U.S Rules (1) (Bloomberg Businessweek)

FDA Announces Plans to Track Medical Devices (Nature World News)

‘Sick man of Europe’ not improving, only storing up problems, warn health experts (Times)


Big pharma not yet ready to adopt orphan companies (Financial Times)

Science & Technology

Helping students understand the importance of science and technology (Phy.Org)

Brian Cox: The wonder of British science

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Mariana Mazzucato: ‘The Entrepreneurial State’: Apple Didn’t Build Your iPhone; Your Taxes Did (PBS Newshour)