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June 17, 2010
biotech

Everyday genomics is coming, ready or not

IT IS 2020. You are watching the latest episode of CSI Miami. Horatio and the team have a murder to solve. The murderer has conveniently left a DNA sample behind. In fact, since a single strand of the molecule can now be detected and analysed, he could hardly avoid having done so. Not so conveniently, he is not on the database—wishy-washy civil libertarians having prohibited the collection of DNA records about the unconvicted.

Never mind. Horatio pops the sample in a state-of-the-art sequencing machine and out comes a picture of what the suspect looks like—or, rather, a series of pictures of his likely appearance at five-year intervals from age 15 to age 50. Cross-reference these with Florida’s driving-licence database, and the team has its man. …


FDA to regulate genetic testing

June 12, 2010
biotech

It looks like the FDA intends to regulate the sale of genetic tests as a device “intended for use in …Click Here to Read More

Controversy in the Everglades

June 11, 2010
biotech

Ave Maria is a city built in the Glades east of Naples and just south of Immokalee. The town was …Click Here to Read More


Eurofins & Florida State College

June 11, 2010
biotech

Eurofins, an international food testing operation headquartered in France, has partnered with Florida State College in Jacksonville to run the …Click Here to Read More


Bead formation model could be boon for plastics, pharmaceuticals

June 11, 2010
biotech

[NEWS]

Contact: David Ruth druth@rice.edu 713-348-6327 Rice University Bead formation model could be boon for plastics, pharmaceuticals Researchers at Rice University, Purdue University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have solved a long-standing mystery about why some fluids containing polymers — including saliva —…


New microbial genetic system dissects biomass to biofuel conversion

June 11, 2010
biofuels

[NEWS]

Contact: David Keating dkeating@glbrc.wisc.edu 608-890-2547 University of Wisconsin-Madison MADISON – A research team at the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a powerful new tool that promises to unlock the secrets of biomass degradation, a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels…


New strain of bacteria discovered that could aid in oil spill, other environmental cleanup

June 11, 2010
biotech

[NEWS] Contact: Xihou Yin yin@onid.orst.edu 541-737-9842 Oregon State University CORVALLIS, Ore. – Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive “rhamnolipids,” and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs – environmental pollutants that are one of the mo…


US leads on synthetic biology research funding

June 9, 2010
biotech

According to the Woodrow Wilson Center, the US has spent about $430 million on synthetic biology research since 2005. Meanwhile, …Click Here to Read More


U.S. Leading Charge on Synthetic Biology Funding

June 8, 2010
biotech

Synthetic biology receives about $430 million in U.S. government funding over a five-year period, far outpacing European governments. Euro funding for synthetic biologists is $160 million over the same period from 2005 through 2010.




LA Times asks “Were voters duped?” on stem cell research

June 7, 2010
biotech

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created by that 2004 ballot initiative, has handed out more than $1 billion in …Click Here to Read More