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Niti Aayog backs local GM crop policy 26.4.2017 Sify Finance
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India could prevent foreign firms monopolising the market for genetically modified (GM) seeds by allowing the sale of only locally developed varieties, a government think-tank
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Nano-technology will soon make GM obsolete: M.S. Swaminathan 23.4.2017 ET: Agriculture
Swaminathan said new technologies were coming, which could be used to achieve the objective of food security but noted that this required concrete political intervention.
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Central regulator moves to more robust monitoring regime for Bt Cotton 18.4.2017 TOI: India
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RSS-backed SJM declares 2017 'anti-China year' 14.4.2017 Rediff: Business
'I will be happy if walls are built between India and China!'
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Iraqi girl gets a new lease of life, Indian docs find marrow donor in Germany 13.4.2017 DNA: India
Nearly three years ago, when Banin Mohammad Humza, now 15, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia (SAA), a condition in which bone marrow does not make enough blood cells, her family did not know what the future held for them. After several attempts, the doctors in their country gave up and the Iraqi family decided to come to India. Little did they know that even that won't solve their problems as they couldn't find a matching donor. But their painful year-long wait is now finally over, with a match being found in Germany. "She started showing symptoms two-and-a-half-years ago. Her condition was deteriorating with each passing day and she would require frequent platelet and blood transfusion. We were worried about her condition," her father Mohammad Hamza said. In nearly 75 per cent of the SAA cases, a match cannot be found within the family and an alternative donor is required. Doctors in India tried to find a suitable donor for Banin and checked all the registries of stem cell donors but in vain. ...
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Decision on transgenic crops on April 12 6.4.2017 TOI: India
"We will examine the pending applications of various research institutions and companies on different varieties of GM crops.
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Seed industry is witnessing increased level of activity over field testing of GM seeds 31.3.2017 ET: Agriculture
Moreover India has recorded a CAGR of 4% in area under cultivation of GM crops from CY 2010 to CY 2015 whereas Brazil has recorded CAGR of 10%.
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How an Indian seeds company and Hindu nationalists became Monsanto's nightmare 29.3.2017 DNA: Popular News
Tens of millions of dollars were within reach for M. Prabhakara Rao as he prepared in April 2015 to take his Indian cotton seed company public. The Indian businessman already had $54 million (nearly Rs ​359.2 crore) in initial funding from an American private equity investor. Rao had also locked in a long-term licensing agreement with Monsanto Co , the world's largest seed company, for the technology used in genetically modified cotton seeds that made up the majority of his annual sales. Two months after publishing his initial public offering plan, Rao gambled. He sent one of his executives to negotiate a 10% cut in royalties with Monsanto. The multinational said no. The outcome of that meeting ignited a corporate battle that has left Rao's IPO plans in tatters and drawn in the Indian and US governments. More ominously, the fight has disrupted India's $1.8 billion-a-year (nearly Rs ​11,974.95 crore) seed industry, with Monsanto saying it may abandon the market. Monsanto's Indian joint venture last July ...
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RPT-SPECIAL REPORT-Monsanto meets its match as Hindu nationalists assert power in India 29.3.2017 Sify Finance
(Repeats story first published late Tues, March 28. No changes to text.)
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Monsanto meets its match in rising nationalist power centres, stares at uncertain India future 28.3.2017 ET: Agriculture
The dispute's fallout could have grave implications, according to experts. The whole fiasco could dissuade global seed or tech cos from investing in India.
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Agriculture ministry maintains status quo on Bt cotton MSP 16.3.2017 ET: Agriculture
In a notification issued on March 10, the ministry said status quo would also be maintained on the trait value (tech fee).
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'There is a need to create jobs to avoid social unrest' 13.3.2017 TOI: India
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Punjab Agriculture University develops Bt cotton variety with reusable seeds 10.3.2017 ET: Agriculture
The new cotton variety is among few others identified by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for cultivation in North region.
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Scientists have just grown the world's first artificial 'embryo' 3.3.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Artificial human life will soon be grown in a laboratory. Scientists have now created "artificial embryos" using stem cells from mice. They hope that their work will help improve fertility treatments. A team at Cambridge University mixed two kinds of mouse stem cells and placed them on a 3D scaffold. After roughly four days of growth in a tank of chemicals designed to mimic conditions inside the womb, the cells formed the structure of a living mouse embryo. This breakthrough, which has reportedly been described as a ‘masterpiece’ in bioengineering, can possibly allow scientists to grow artificial human embryos in the lab, without a sperm or an egg. These artificial embryos have been created using genetically engineered stem cells coupled with extra-embryonic trophoblast stem cells (TSCs) which form in the placenta in a normal pregnancy. Previous attempts to grow embryos using only one kind of stem cell proved unsuccessful because the cells would not assemble into their correct positions. But then, ...
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Oldest fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago 2.3.2017 DNA: Opinion
The oldest fossils ever found are "direct evidence" of life on Earth 3.8 to 4.3 billion years ago, researchers reported today in the journal Nature. Even at the lower end of the spectrum, "the microfossils we discovered are about 300 million years older" than any runners-up, said Dominic Papineau, a professor at University College London who made the discovery. The fact that life kick-started not long after Earth formed suggests it could also emerge on watery worlds outside our Solar System at comparable stages of formation, the scientists said. "If life happened so quickly on Earth, then could we expect it to be a simple process that could start on other planets?", asked lead author Matthew Dodd, a graduate student at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Earth and Mars had liquid water on their surfaces at the same time, he noted. "We could expect to find evidence for past life on Mars four billion years ago," Dodd said. It may also be true, he added, that Earth was "just a special case." The tiny ...
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Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan weighs in on future of genetic engineering 1.3.2017 DNA: Money
Venkatraman ‘Venki' Ramakrishnan, the Indian born structural biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 with two other scientists, cautioned against the risks associated with recent developments in biotechnology. Ramakrishnan spoke about the issue at the annual meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston. “Many of the genetic cells could be treated by removing cells from the body and modifying it,” he said while addressing one of the major ethical concerns related to genetic engineering. “Treating a well-known genetic disease is something that many people would agree with. It gets trickier when someone says, ‘I consider being a brown guy in today's atmosphere a problem and don't want my children to go through that'.” Currently the President of the Royal Society of London, he said, “I grew up in India where lot of people still don't have access to enough food, and cancer survival rates remain one of the lowest in the world. But in UK and US people have ...
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Innovation key to India surviving next industrial revolution 28.2.2017 ET: Policy
Fortunately, or unfortunately, we are about to witness the next industrial revolution, which has the potential to change the way we live, work, and interact with one another.
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Watch: Clear liquid that can make your smartphone screen indestructible 18.2.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Everyone knows the heartache of buying a swanky new smartphone, with a sleek look, only to end up dropping it and cracking the display. That’s why most smartphone users buy screen protectors and cases to protect against their carelessness. But what if there was a way to protect against clumsiness without ruining your phone’s look? Enter the ProtectPax, a commercially available liquid that seems to be able to make your smartphone display nigh unbreakable.  The invisible “liquid glass” screen protector claims to make your smartphone display “hard as sapphire.” Currently crowdfunding through the website Indiegogo, ProtectPax has already raised $50,942 over and above its $20,000 goal, with another 25 days to go. It’s composed largely of ‘titanium dioxide nanoparticles which close the microscopic wells on the glass.” The company, which bears the same name as the product, says the nanotechnology involved was originally developed for use in the aerospace and aviation industries, and is now being repurposed for ...
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Know your scientist: Richard Feynman 8.2.2017 DNA: Top News
Richard Phillips Feynman was born in New York City on May 11, 1918. The American theoretical physicist was best known for discovering the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, and his work in quantum mechanics and particle physics. He also came up with the idea of nanotechnology and was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of quantum computing. His academic achievements include New York University Math Championship which he won during his senior year at Far Rockaway High School, a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1939. Despite his intellect, Feynman was an avid prankster, so much so that his autobiography is titled “Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman”. In 1943, Feynman and Hans Bethe derived the Bethe-Feynman efficiency formula or the formula for calculating the yield of a fission bomb. Feynman also worked on the Manhattan project -- which developed the earliest ...
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'Tuberculosis-resistant' cattle developed in China: Report 1.2.2017 DNA: Evolutions
Bovine TB is a risk to cattle in many countries, including parts of the UK, Africa and Asia.
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