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BBSRC/Rothamsted mention, Doug Kell quote: GM crops are safer than conventional crops, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

BBSRC/Rothamsted mention, Doug Kell quote: GM crops are safer than conventional crops, says Environment Secretary Owen Paterson | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified crops are "categorically" safer than conventional crops because they are subjected to much greater scrutiny than traditional varieties, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said today.
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BBSRC mention: GM Crops 'Safe And Beneficial', Says Minister

BBSRC mention: GM Crops 'Safe And Beneficial', Says Minister | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Owen Paterson reopens the controversy on genetically modified crops with a speech praising the benefits of the technology.
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BBSRC mention: The third culture: The power and glory of mathematics

BBSRC mention: The third culture: The power and glory of mathematics | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
In 1959 C P Snow delivered a celebrated lecture in which he decried the man-made gulf between the arts and the sciences. Yet there is one subject that already spans the divide and is unjustly neglected — mathematics.
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Rothamsted mention: Testing times ahead as grower pressures build

Rothamsted mention: Testing times ahead as grower pressures build | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The growing pressures facing arable farmers were highlighted at Cereals 2013 as pesticide resistance builds, regulations tighten and plant breeders offer little respite.
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BBSRC mention: New way to improve antibiotic production

BBSRC mention: New way to improve antibiotic production | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
An antibiotic has been found to stimulate its own production. The findings, to be published in PNAS, could make it easier to scale up antibiotic production for commercialisation.
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New fund will back Norwich Research Park innovations

New fund will back Norwich Research Park innovations | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Innovative ideas at Norwich Research Park (NRP) could be transformed into fully-fledged businesses with help from a new scheme.
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BBSRC funded: Ash genome reveals fungus resistance

BBSRC funded: Ash genome reveals fungus resistance | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists sequence the genome of a type of ash tree which is resistant to the deadly fungal disease sweeping the country.
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BBSRC funded: Genetic secrets of resistant tree gives new hope over ash dieback disease

BBSRC funded: Genetic secrets of resistant tree gives new hope over ash dieback disease | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The battle against the deadly ash dieback disease has received an important boost after scientists unscrambled the genetic blueprint of a tree with an extremely rare resistance to the killer fungus.
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Defra approves Rothamsted GM wheat trial extension | News | Farmers Guardian

Defra approves Rothamsted GM wheat trial extension | News | Farmers Guardian | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
DEFRA has approved the extension of Rothamsted Research’s genetically modified (GM) wheat trials this autumn.
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BBSRC-funded: How the sperm whale can hold its breath for 90 minutes - Telegraph

BBSRC-funded: How the sperm whale can hold its breath for 90 minutes - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Biologists have unravelled why deep diving mammals such as sperm whales can hold their breath for over an hour when diving for food – they have electrically charged proteins in their blood.
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JIC mention: Video: Spread of Ash Dieback 'worse than expected'

Read the latest Anglia stories, Spread of Ash Dieback 'worse than expected' on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Anglia news
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BBSRC funded: Cheetah acceleration key to success

A study of the movements of cheetahs suggests that their hunting prowess comes not from sheer speed, but from rapid acceleration and deceleration.
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BBSRC funded: Cheetahs 'more powerful than a motorbike'

BBSRC funded: Cheetahs 'more powerful than a motorbike' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Study into big cats finds they operate at 'extreme of athletic performance' and can hunt in all conditions
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BBSRC mention: End the scepticism! Environment Secretary Owen Paterson urges UK to adopt use of GM crop technology

BBSRC mention: End the scepticism! Environment Secretary Owen Paterson urges UK to adopt use of GM crop technology | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, today kicked off his campaign to bring genetically modified crops to the UK by calling on the government, industry and scientists to join forces to convert the public in the face of widespread fear and...
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BBSRC mention: GM crops 'offer a way forward' - ITV News

BBSRC mention: GM crops 'offer a way forward'  - ITV News | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Read GM crops 'offer a way forward' latest on ITV News. All the UK news
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Britain should reap the rewards of GM crops

Britain should reap the rewards of GM crops | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A disastrous harvest ahead and poor productivity mean farmers need all the help they can get
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Rothamsted mention: Barley yellow dwarf virus levels set to rise

Rothamsted mention: Barley yellow dwarf virus levels set to rise | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Rising levels of the pyrethroid-resistant grain aphids could see a steep increase in barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV), with options for growers running out.
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BBSRC mention: Cutting the UK science budget would be a false economy

A decade ago, the Human Genome Project published the reference sequence of our species’ genetic code at a cost estimated at $3bn.
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Independent: "The bad science scandal: how fact-fabrication is damaging UK's global name for research"

Independent: "The bad science scandal: how fact-fabrication is damaging UK's global name for research" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain’s leading science institutions will be told on Monday that they will be stripped of many millions of pounds in research grants if they employ rogue researchers who fake the results of experiments, The Independent has learnt.
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BBSRC funded: Scientists move closer to ash tree resistant to dieback - Telegraph

BBSRC funded: Scientists move closer to ash tree resistant to dieback  - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain’s ash trees may be saved after scientists moved a step closer to finding a tree resistant a deadly new disease that threatens to wipe out the species.
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Antibiotic ship paint is leading to more superbugs - Telegraph

Antibiotic ship paint is leading to more superbugs - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Antibiotics are being painted onto the hulls of ships to them clear of barnacles in a practice that is helping to drive the appearance of drug resistant bacteria, ministers from the world's richest nations have been warned.
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Will David Cameron 'Longitude Prize' for innovation achieve its aim?

Will David Cameron 'Longitude Prize' for innovation achieve its aim? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Rebekah Higgitt: Today sees the announcement of a new £1m challenge prize and the formation of a new Longitude Committee chaired by Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal
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BBSRC-funded: Deep-diving mammals' secret revealed

BBSRC-funded: Deep-diving mammals' secret revealed | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Study solves the mystery of one of the most extreme adaptations in the animal kingdom: how marine mammals store enough oxygen to hold their breath for up to an hour.
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Drug-resistant bacteria as big a threat as climate change and water shortages for future generations, warns science minister David Willetts

Drug-resistant bacteria as big a threat as climate change and water shortages for future generations, warns science minister David Willetts | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The world must take action against the spread of drug-resistant bacteria that pose as serious a threat to future generations as climate change and water shortages, the science minister David Willetts has warned.
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Third of all honeybee colonies in England did not survive winter

Third of all honeybee colonies in England did not survive winter | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
British Beekeepers Association attributes worst losses since survey began to washout summer leading to long winter, exacerbated by late spring
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