Innogen · News · February 21, 2014

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (15/02/14 - 21/02/14)

Innogen Weekly News Roundup (15/02/14 - 21/02/14)

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’s GMO Seeds May No Longer Be Invincible (Daily Finance)

Growth of biotech crops plateaus in US, climbs in Asia – report (Reuters)

Europe moves ahead with GM crops (Digital Journal)

Scientists develop blight resistant GM potato (Farmers Guardian)

France moves to ban GM maize planting in short, long term (Reuters)

Sorry Greenpeace, Golden Rice is a Win for Nutrition and Health (International Policy Digest)

Big Data

Why Big Date Isn’t the Big Problem for Genomic Medicine (R&D Magazine)

Policy recommendations on using genomic big data for health (PHG Foundation)

Big data: friend or foe of sustainability? (Guardian)


Value not volume drives US life sciences (Business Weekly)

What are the typical sources of funding for an early-stage life sciences company? (The Lawyer)


Informed Consent in the Bioethics Commission’s Work (Blog.Bioethics.Gov)

Food and Energy Security

Tech, science education crucial to tackling food insecurity, poverty – startup (Human IPO)

MEP urges farmers to play part in food security (Scotsman)

Genes and Genomics

Genomics May Usher In A New Era Of Scientific Racism (Science 2.0)

Myriad Is Angling for Gene Dominance (Daily Finance)

Global Development

Development Needs Justice (All Africa)

Nation’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair (All Africa)

The Green Economy and the Brics Countries – Bringing Them Together (All Africa)

Aid to Africa: private sector investment becomes new priority (Guardian)

Research without fixed boundaries (SciDevNet)

Scientists ‘need to step up’ to development goal talks (SciDevNet)

Global Health

Why Global Health Security Is Imperative (The Atlantic)

Vaccine Scares can Perpetrate Below-Optimal Coverage, Spread Infectious Diseases (Nature World News)

The Future of Global Health Depends on Strong IPRs (IP Watchdog)

Lifelines: The quest for global health (Al Jazeera)

Crowdfunded free HIV vaccine: as unlikely as it sounds (Wired)

Kenyans Being Exploited in Drug Trials (All Africa)


Human lung made in lab for first time (CNN)

Scottish surgeons ‘create’ new ear for student (Scotsman)

More medical devices needed, study finds (Digital Journal)

The medical data revolution is good for your health (Telegraph)

Innovation Systems

Innovation, Optimism and Jobs (New York Times)


The pharmaceutical industry: When the time were a-changing (Economist)

Intellectual Property and The Globalization of Big Pharma (Global Research)

Opinion: Translational Biotechnology (The Scientist)

Pharma doing better than most industries, says EU Commission (PharmaTimes)

Guiding Drug Development: A Pharmacoeconomic Look (GEN)

Science and Technology

Biotech, Meet Crowdfunding (Scientist)

US dominance in science and technology faces Asian challenge (Economic Times)

New breakthrough in stem cell research opens door to cloning (Voice of Russia)

Survey Reveals American’s Attitudes About Science and Technology (Voice of America)

I, Cyborg (O’Reilly Radar)

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology may change everything: Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk (Economic Times)