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Geneticists Challenge Personal Genomics Companies’ Results

As I’ve blogged before, the usefulness of the whole-genome scans offered by personal genomics companies is very much subject to debate. It’s not clear just what one is supposed to be able to do with the test results, beyond being … Continue reading

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World Wildlife Fund now a Biotech Booster

Of all the interested parties you expect to be boosting biotech…well, environmental charities haven’t exactly been high on that list. Here’s an exception. From Business Wire: WWF report: Industrial biotech can save the world up to 2.5 billion tons of … Continue reading

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Personal Genomics, Privacy & Consent

Announcing a new Online Survey: Personal Genomics, Privacy & Consent Our research group (at University of British Columbia, Saint Mary’s University, & Ryerson University) has created an online, interactive survey to better understand values & attitudes related to Personal Genomics. … Continue reading

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Unethical Corporate Control of Crop Research

This is the kind of story that could turn someone who is generally accepting of GM crops (like me) into a skeptic — if not a skeptic about the crops themselves, at very least a skeptic about the companies that … Continue reading

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The Biofuel Trilemma: Energy, Environment & Food

By John Lorinc, for the NY Times: The Food, Energy and Environment ‘Trilemma’ At the 2009 Bio World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, held in Montreal last week, industry players and scientists found themselves pondering two seemingly contradictory concerns. One focused … Continue reading

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Environmental Assessment of SmartStax GM Corn

GM food crops raise 2 distinct set of ethical issues: 1) is the food safe to consume? and 2) do the crops themselves pose ecological hazards? This story is primarily about the latter. (For better or for worse, in Canada … Continue reading

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Non-Native Bugs, Biotech, and Environmental Ethics

From The Guardian: Bug brings hope for fight against Japanese knotweed It arrived quietly nearly 200 years ago and now threatens numerous British plants, allotments, gardens, pavements, buildings, railways and water courses. Japanese knotweed – capable of growing 3 metres … Continue reading

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New Science Casts Doubt on Gene Tests

From the Calgary Herald: Canadian discovery raises questions about gene studies Scientists in Montreal have discovered that not all human cells are identical, a surprising observation that could turn genetic research upside down. For years, scientists have worked on the … Continue reading

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Monsanto Dives Into GM Wheat

I blogged last week about GM wheat: Biotech’s Real Customer: Will GM Wheat Producers Repeat Monsanto’s Error? Now this week comes this press release, from Monsanto: Monsanto Company Invests in Developing New Technologies for Wheat With Acquisition of WestBred Business … Continue reading

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California: New Regs for Gene Tests?

The popular assumption is that business hates regulation. That’s not quite true. Like individual people, business likes laws and regulations — within reason, laws and regs protect us, and provide a degree of regularity to life. But of course, we’d … Continue reading

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