Innogen · News · November 1, 2013

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (28/10/13 - 01/11/13)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (28/10/13 - 01/11/13)

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.


Monsanto calls glyphosate weed killer ‘safe’ after AP report (The Patriot News)

UK agricultural research aid should do more for poor farmers, says watchdog (Guardian)

GM controversy is over, minister claims, and the public only care about the cost of food (Daily Mail)

Are genetically modified seeds secretly given to farmers? (Times of India)

GMOs Versus Overuse of Antibiotics: Which Is The Greater Evil? (Forbes)

European plant proposal sows seeds of discord with growers (Herald Scotland)

Food & Energy Security

Food security initiative launched by Dow AgroSciences (Agrinews)

Genes & Genomics

When genes fly (Scienceline)

Global Development

Global Community Gathers to Tackle Development Challenges at UN South-South Expo (AfricanBrains)

Who’s going to pay for a greener, global future? – live podcast recording (Guardian)

Global Health

Analysis: How to prepare for an HIV/AIDS vaccine? (IRIN News)

Hundreds of Millions of the Global Poor Will Be Affected By Warming Oceans (ThinkProgress)

Drug Development Lags for Neglected Diseases (Voice of America)

dna exclusive: India battling AIDS with no money, drugs (dna)

Child immunisation to avert 4 million deaths by 2015, says GAVI report (Guardian)


Cancer-Fighting Nanodiamonds Deliver Drugs To Cells Without Harming Them (Medical Daily)

Potential of 3D cell-based models for regenerative medicine explored in new webinar (News Medical)

Innovation Systems

Britain needs strong, independent cities to boost growth (Financial Times)

‘Innovation wastes grant money…tried and tested methods are better’ (Guardian)

Why we shouldn’t take innovation for granted (Guardian)


Pharma Company Scores Targeting Unmet Medical Needs (Forbes)

Is It Pharma’s Fault That We Don’t Have Better Drugs For Malaria, TB and Tropical Diseases? (Forbes)

Science & Technology

Scientists describe cascading pain of budget cuts (

Big nanotech: an unexpected future (Guardian)

Synthetic Biology

Grow Your Own: where scientists and artists are shaking up creation (Guardian)

Innogen Associates

Mariana Mazzucato: Thank The Government For Your Smartphone (Manufacturing Business Technology)

Mariana Mazzucato: Government – investor, risk-taker, innovator (TED Talks)