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COVID 19: The Spike and the Furin Cleavage 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
After months of insisting that COVID-19 originated in the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that no viruses were detected in animal samples at the market. According to May 31 report in the Daily Mail, Fu, the top epidemiologist in China said: “At first, we assumed the seafood market might have the virus, but now the market is more like a victim.” Fu also told the Daily Mail that “the novel coronavirus had existed long ...
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Why Gain-of Function Research Should Be Banned: The Author of 'Biotech Juggernaut' Speaks Out on COVID-19 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In an interview conducted on May 7, 2020, Pat Thomas and Dr. Stuart Newman discussed the possible origins of COVID-19. Newman, Ph.D., is a professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He is the co-author of the recent book, “Biotech Juggernaut: Hope, Hype, and Hidden Agendas of Entrepreneurial BioScience.” He was a founding member of the Council for Responsible Genetics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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COVID-19: A Leaked Franken-Virus Jointly Engineered and Financed by the US and China? 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

We are repeatedly told that COVID-19 originated from a wild animal at the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, China, and that it is a natural mutation of a bat virus. But the hard evidence contradicts this theory.

Did COVID-19 start in the Huanan Seafood Market?

There is evidence that the first confirmed COVID-19 hospital patients had zero contact with the Huanan Seafood Market, which would rule out the possibility that the market was the source of the virus.

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Wuhan and US Scientists Used Undetectable Methods of Genetic Engineering on Bat Coronaviruses 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Evidence has emerged that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, working in collaboration with scientists in the USA, have been genetically engineering bat viruses for the past several years to investigate infectivity – using undetectable methods. The WIV is just a few miles from the Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic is thought to have originated and is the chief suspect in the possible scenario that the virus emerged from a lab.

This is agtech's fertile future 2.4.2020 Resource Efficiency |
The hunger for alternative protein and non-synthetic approaches to cultivation are inspiring new innovation recipes for animal health and aquaculture.
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These Emails Show a Trump Official Helping Her Former Chemical Industry Colleagues 15.1.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. In 2017, Dow Chemical scored a long-sought-after victory: After a push from the U.S. government, China approved the import […]
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Just how sustainable is that synbio startup? 23.7.2019 Business Operations |
To gain consumer confidence, life-cycle analyses and transparency are key.
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Cows Genetically Modified to Burp and Fart Less Could Cut Methane Emissions by Half 4.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Scientists have identified genetically inherited gut microbes that regulate how much methane a cow produces.
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Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? 25.6.2019 LA Times: Science
Genetic engineering could help save chestnuts and other trees threatened by pests, disease and climate change. But how much we should intervene in nature?
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Trump administration proposes easing rules on genetically engineered crops 6.6.2019 LA Times: Business

The Trump administration would exempt many new genetically engineered crops from regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a broad overhaul of biotechnology rules announced on Wednesday.

The overhaul, which the department said would cut the cost of developing genetically engineered...

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New Boulder County GMO crop transition plan still has critics 1.6.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Boulder County open space staff have modified proposed changes to a plan to phase out the production of genetically modified foods on thousands of acres of publicly owned cropland.
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Scientists genetically modify fungus to kill mosquitoes that spread malaria 30.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The modified fungus produces spider toxin that rapidly kills mosquitoes, raising hopes for a new weapon to fight a disease that sickens millions. But not everyone is convinced.
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DNA Day: Mapping the Locations of DNA Replication 25.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
DNA Day is held on April 25 to commemorate the publishing of the scientific papers that described the helical structure of the DNA molecule
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A gulp of genetically modified bacteria might someday treat a range of illnesses 8.3.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Researchers think genetically engineered versions of microbes that can live in humans could help treat some rare genetic disorders and perhaps help with Type 1 diabetes, cirrhosis and cancer.
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Bad press about genetic engineering could scare off those who would benefit most 6.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When the reports came out last year that a Chinese scientist had altered the genome of human twins in utero, scientists and ethicists around the world were rightly horrified.

The experiment was denounced as wildly unsafe, medically unnecessary and a clear moral violation. Tinkering with the DNA...

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GE to Sell Its Biotech Business to Danaher for $21 Billion 26.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: US Business
GE agreed to sell its biotechnology business to Danaher for $21 billion in cash, moving to pay down debt by parting with one of its fastest growing businesses.
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Scientists release controversial genetically modified mosquitoes in high-security lab 20.2.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.
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King of Generics Pushes Into Biotech Drugs 14.2.2019 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Israel’s Teva, the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, is looking for growth in an unlikely place: high-price biotech medicines.
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Gene Edited Biotech Trees Could Save America's Forests 2.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
U.S. forests are in crisis as climate change, pests and pathogens all pose threats to its native trees.
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Rigging the Science of GMO Ecotoxicity 30.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Researchers who work on GMO crops are developing special “artificial diet systems”. The stated purpose of these new diets is to standardise the testing of the Cry toxins, often used in GMO crops, for their effects on non-target species. But a paper published last month in the journal Toxins implies a very different interpretation of their purpose.

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