Innogen · News · October 25, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (12/10/13 - 25/10/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (12/10/13 - 25/10/13)

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.


Greens ask U.S. biotech firms to sit out food-labeling vote (Reuters)

Genetically Modified Foods and PR Wars: Fighting Against Biotech Giants (Global Research)

Want a better world? You can’t look at GMOs in isolation (Food Magazine)

Los Angeles Proposes Banning GMOs (Huffington Post)

Will GM Labels Make Food Industry Ill? (Bloomberg)

Scottish GM animal experiments increase (Scotland on Sunday)


Global Cleantech 100 list: biofuels and biochemicals (Guardian)

Life sciences: London Mayor slams financiers’ “lack of imagination” (PharmaTimes)

Significant growth in Canadian immigration presents agri-food opportunity (Better Farming)

Why Water is a Catalyst for a Green Economy and How to Make the Transition (Sacramento Bee)

Intellectual property value is worth knowing (Scotsman)

Doctor prescribes boost for biomedicine in EU (Financial Times)

Government Approves Plan of Action for Green Economy (All Africa)

Bioeconomy is the way to go (The Star)

Steps Towards a Green Economy (All Africa)

TUC: “Britain losing global race on green growth” (Business Green)

Patents: What Happens in Nature Stays in Nature (Memphis Daily News)

Food & Energy Security

World must ensure affordable energy for developing countries (Business Recorder)

Genetically modified yeast turns crops waste into liquid fuel (BBC)

Leading rice experts and scientists call for more public-private partnerships and collaboration (Financial)

GMOs are “neo-colonialist”, security threat to Ghana – Group (GhanaWeb)

Owen Paterson Says Genetically Modified Food Saving Lives, Slams Wicked Campaigners (Huffington Post)

Scientists identify key genes for increasing oil content in plant leaves (

Genes & Genomics

For Myriad Genetics, the gene patent fight isn’t over yet (The Conversation)

Global Development

Risk management can help poor people overcome crises and get ahead (Guardian)

DFID, MRC and ESRC collaborate to improve health systems in low- and middle-income countries (News Medical)

The escape velocity of the global poor (Live Mint)

‘Scottish development funding in India having strong impact’ (Economic Times)

A Billion-dollar Opportunity for Developing Countries (Huffington Post)

The road to IATI: are NGO concerns justified? (Guardian)

Global Health

Unravelling the mystery of the vaccine trials (aidsmap)

The fleet of bikers changing health care in Africa (Independent)

The World to Wait Longer for HIV-Aids Vaccine (All Africa)

The growth of global immunisation (BBC)

Health PPPs Mooted (All Africa)

HIV vaccine raised infection risk (Nature)

Promising HIV Vaccine May Take 10 Years to Perfect (Scientific American)

The pros and cons of social media in global health (SciDevNet)

Health and development (Live Mint)

To Improve Global Health, We Must Erase The World’s Biggest Killer (Forbes)


Alzheimer’s breakthrough hailed as ‘turning point’ (BBC)

Database of disease genes shows potential drug therapies (Science Codex)

EU Parliament stops short of U.S.-style approvals for medical devices (Reuters)

Innovation Systems

Entrepreneurship Is Contagious. That Means the Poor Need to Meet Gazelles (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Pharma companies grapple with rise in other expenses (Economic Times)

Pharma Showing Interest in Open Systems for Drug Discovery (Xconomy)

Science & Technology

Fear for science amid US shutdown (BBC)

What Is The Greatest Challenge Human Beings Have Ever Faced? (Forbes)

Craig Ventner: ‘This isn’t a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future’ (Guardian)

Science, ‘whores’ and dissent (Al Jazeera)

Lord Rees on science fiction, space travel and post-humans (Wired)

Synthetic Biology

Set a thief… (The Economist)

New partnerships to forge synthetic biology links between UK and China (Nanowerk)

Synthetic biology a quandary curing ills (Reporter News)

Innogen Associates

Marianna Mazzucato: Entrepreneurial governments make for innovative economies (The Globe and Mail)