Genetic Flotsam Offers Clues to Ocean Biodiversity

by jeeg 5. February 2015 00:16
    When scientists want to know what life-forms live in deep water, they have to send submersibles or cast nets and grabs hung from long cables. These methods are expensive, however, and they offer only a hint of the biodiversity hidden far below the waves. “In the deep sea,&... [More]

Marine Mammal Diversity Can Be Monitored Accurately With DNA

by jeeg 31. December 2013 18:15
Researchers have determined that DNA barcoding could be useful in accurately monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Up to now, scientists have had a difficult time monitoring marine mammal biodiversity. Some species can be easily observed, while others are more difficult because of their scarcity... [More]

Experts sign International DNA bar-coding agreement

by jeeg 6. November 2013 22:00
Held for the first time on the Chinese mainland, the four-day conference in the provincial capital city of Kunming has drawn up the Kunming Declaration to promote unity in the global bar-coding community, a Chinese state run news agency reported."The declaration in Kunming is one of the most importa... [More]

Earth's Life-Forms Collected to Aid in Genetic Research

by jeeg 6. August 2013 23:56
It took a decade and nearly $3 billion to completely sequence the human genome. Now researchers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History are helping to tackle Earth's remaining 1.3 million species through the Global Genome Initiative. The plan is to eventually freeze embryos, see... [More]

'Insect soup' holds DNA key for monitoring biodiversity

by jeeg 5. August 2013 19:12
Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies can accelerate the monitoring and cataloguing of biodiversity around the world. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have shown that sequencing the DNA of crushed up creepy crawlies ... [More]

New Issue of GeneWatch Magazine: Genetics and Animal Biodiversity

by jeeg 29. May 2012 23:22
Genetic technologies are increasingly useful for understanding and protecting biodiversity, but they can also drain limited resources and some have the very real potential to do harm.       The new issue of GeneWatch magazine, now available online, brings together a dive... [More]

Indian National Biodiversity Authority to take action against Bt Brinjal biopiracy

by jeeg 10. August 2011 20:04
The development of Bt Brinjal was a case of biopiracy, according to the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). According to sources, the NBA has finally concluded its year-long investigation and recommended action against the U.S. agribusiness giant, Monsanto, and its Indian collaborators, who... [More]

Twelve nations and European Union join UN protocol on sharing genetic resources

by jeeg 2. July 2011 14:50
Twelve nations and the European Union today added their signatures to a United Nations treaty on the equitable sharing of the planet’s genetic resources in a ceremony at UN Headquarters. Representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ital... [More]

Unborn NZ Children Exposed To Genetically Engineered Toxin

by jeeg 27. May 2011 22:21
New research from Canada has shown that blood in pregnant women and foetuses carried toxins from genetically engineered (GE) foods, that are also allowed into New Zealand, according to the Soil & Health Association. Bt toxin Cry1 based insecticides are genetically engineered (GE) into sev... [More]

Governments warned over agribusiness giants

by jeeg 15. April 2011 15:57
A GROUPING of small scale farmers in 12 African countries has asked governments to be wary of agribusiness giants who want to bring in Genetically Modified Crops under the disguise of support to small holder farmers.The grouping, under Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers' Forum (ES... [More]
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