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The Monsanto menace takes over

The Monsanto menace takes over | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
When you're good at something, you want to leverage that. Monsanto's specialty is killing stuff.
In the early years, the St. Louis biotech giant helped pioneer such leading chemicals as DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange.
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"Between 1995 and 2011, the cost of soybeans increased 325 percent. The price of corn rose 259 percent. And the cost of genetically modified cotton jumped a stunning 516 percent.

Instead of feeding the world, Monsanto simply drove prices through the roof, taking the biggest share for itself. A study by Dr. Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University, found that rapidly increasing seed and pesticide costs were tamping farmers' incomes.

To further corner the field, Monsanto offered steep discounts to independent dealers willing to restrict themselves to mostly selling Monsanto products. And the arrangements brought severe punishment if independents ever sold out to a rival.

Intel had run a similar campaign within the tech industry, only to be drilled by the European Union with a record $1.45 billion fine for anti-competitive practices. Yet U.S. regulators showed little concern for Monsanto's expanding power."

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Researchers have shattered the record for oldest genome ever sequenced

Researchers have shattered the record for oldest genome ever sequenced | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have sequenced DNA from a prehistoric ancestor of horses that lived 700,000 years ago, making it far and away the oldest genome ever sequenced.
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