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"Golden Bananas" Enter U.S. Market Trials

"Golden Bananas" Enter U.S. Market Trials | Molecular Farming | Scoop.it

In 2005, with the backing of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, [James] Dale began experimenting with ways to add beta-carotene, a nutrient the human body uses to produce vitamin A, to the East African Highland cooking banana, a staple in the Ugandan diet.

"This may finally give us access to this subset of the population," Dale said. "So I figured it was worth a shot."

In June, Dale's bananas made it to an important milestone, gaining approval to begin human trials in the United States, and in the process picked up a catchy new title: super-bananas. While the fate of the super-bananas has yet to be determined, what is known is just how these bananas became super.


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Wow!  Go #super-banana !  

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The Man with the Golden Banana strikes again!  Kudos, James and team.

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A mini-antibody with broad antiviral activity chews up viral DNA and RNA - Medical Xpress

A mini-antibody with broad antiviral activity chews up viral DNA and RNA - Medical Xpress | Molecular Farming | Scoop.it
Medical Xpress A mini-antibody with broad antiviral activity chews up viral DNA and RNA Medical Xpress They show that when the right amount of 3D8 is produced, the cells and the animals become resistant to two different and normally deadly viruses,...
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A DNA/RNA hydrolysing antibody! Cool! Not only for therapeutic use, but also a potential molecular biology tool

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Intranasal Norovirus VLP vaccine / Dr Robert Goodwin- LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc.- World Vaccine

Subscribe:http://www.youtube.com/user/vaccinenation Intranasal Norovirus VLP vaccine demonstrating clinical efficacy in Phase I/II Trial • Ongoing clinical s...
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Field trials and tribulations—making sense of the regulations for experimental field trials of transgenic crops in Europe

Field trials and tribulations—making sense of the regulations for experimental field trials of transgenic crops in Europe | Molecular Farming | Scoop.it

Transgenic plants that are being developed for commercial cultivation must be tested under field conditions to monitor their effects on surrounding wildlife and conventional crops. Developers also use this opportunity to evaluate the performance of transgenic crops in a typical environment, although this is a matter of commercial necessity rather than regulatory compliance. Most countries have adapted existing regulations or developed new ones to deal specifically with transgenic crops and their commodities. The European Union (EU) is renowned, or perhaps notorious, for having the broadest and most stringent regulations governing such field trials in the world. This reflects its nominal adherence to the precautionary approach, which assumes all transgenic crops carry an inherent risk. Therefore, field trials in the EU need to demonstrate that the risk associated with deploying a transgenic crop has been reduced to the level where it is regarded as acceptable within the narrowly defined limits of the regulations developed and enforced (albeit inconsistently) by national and regional governments, that is, that there is no greater risk than growing an equivalent conventional crop. The involvement of national and regional competent authorities in the decision-making process can add multiple layers of bureaucracy to an already-intricate process. In this review, we use country-based case studies to show how the EU, national and regional regulations are implemented, and we propose strategies that could increase the efficiency of regulation without burdening developers with further unnecessary bureaucracy.

 


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Development of Closed-type Transgenic Plant Factory for the Production of Pharmaceutical Materials

AIST is one of the largest public research institutes in Japan. AIST conducts research and development in a variety of fields including environment, energy, ...
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That's where they manufacture the 'interferon-berry' . #ISPMF #plant-made 

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