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Wednesday 18th October 2017

Shifting HCP Compensation: National Rates Over Regional

The post Shifting HCP Compensation: National Rates Over Regional appeared first on Data Insights and Benchmarking | Cutting Edge Information.

Moral Qualms Halt Needle Exchange in One Indiana County

An Indiana County has stopped a needle exchange program set up to fight outbreaks of HIV fueled by the opioid epidemic.

Black, Latino Kids Less Likely to Get Help for Developmental Delays

Black and Latino children with developmental delays are much less likely than white children to receive the early intervention services they need.

Rohingya refugees: A stateless people, a public health crisis

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Updated Pocket Ks on Benefits of GM Crops

Updated versions of the following Pocket Ks are now available for download: * GM Crops and the Environment * Documented Benefits of GM Crops * Contributions of Agricultural Biotechnology in Alleviation of Poverty and HungerMost of the updated information are based on the ISAAA Brief 52 and other reports with new data available. Pocket Ks are Pocke...

IPBO Fact Series on Cotton and Maize in Africa

The International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO) released two new Fact Series publications . The Facts Series titled Cotton in Africa reviews the impact of Bt cotton on African agricultural systems. It highlights the importance for donors and governments that invest heavily in the hope that GM crops will bring significant improvements to the l...

Zygote injection of CRISPR-Cas9 Modifies the Target Gene without Unwanted Effects in Pigs

The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool has been instrumental in creating genetically modified pigs for use as biomedical or agricultural models. However, it is still unknown if the tool has an effect on the development of pig embryos. University of Missouri researchers led by Kristin Whitworth now aim to determine if DNA editing can result in delays i...

Scientists Discover a Gene that Makes Fungi Pathogenic

Scientists at Rothamstead Research discovered the gene that turns fungi into pathogens. The result is published in PLOS Pathogens journal. Molecular pathologist Jason Rudd and colleagues were searching for genes of the wheat pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici, which causes Septoria leaf blotch, when they observed one specimen without filaments, which ar...

Discovery of MPK Roles in Rice by Characterizing CRISPR-Edited Mutants

The CRISPR-Cas9 system depends on a guide RNA (gRNA) to specify its target. Efficiently co-expressing multiple gRNAs that target different genomic sites enables multiple gene editing in the family of closely related mitogen-activated protein kinase (MPK) genes in rice (Oryza sativa).The team from Pennsylvania State University identified MPK1 and MP...

CRISPR-Cas9-Mediated Targeted Mutagenesis in Seedless Grapes

The CRISPR-Cas9 system is a powerful tool for editing plant genomes. Genome editing of grape (Vitis vinifera) suspension cells using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has been demonstrated. However, it has not been established whether this system can be applied to get biallelic mutations in the first generation of grape.Xianhang Wang of the Northwest A&F ...

The Strawberry FaTPK1 Plays a Critical Role in Fruit Quality Formation

Potassium, an abundant cation in plant cells, is important in fruit development and plant resistance. However, how cellular potassium is directed by potassium channels in fruit development and quality formation of strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) is relatively unclear. Shufang Wang from China Agricultural University aimed to study this channel.The te...

Overexpression of BjHMGS1 Improves Health-Promoting Compounds in Tomato Fruit

The 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A synthase (HMGS) codes for isoprenoids including phytosterols, which can lower blood cholesterol levels. In a previous study, overexpressing the mustard (Brassica juncea) BjHMGS1 gene in Arabidopsis and tobacco upregulated genes in the sterol biosynthesis and increased its sterol content. The team of Pan Lia...

Amazonian Farmers Discovered Secret to Wild Rice Domestication 4,000 Years Ago

Scientists from the United Kingdom and Brazil have found the first evidence that ancient South Americans learned how to grow bigger rice crops with larger grains, but may have stopped after 1492 when Europeans arrived and the indigenous population was decimated. The archaeologists analyzed 16 samples of microscopic plant remains from 10 different t...

Found: Gene to Help Hybrid Wheat Breeding

Researchers at Australia's University of Adelaide, in collaboration with US-based company DuPont Pioneer, have identified the wheat gene that, when turned off, eliminates self-pollination but still allows cross-pollination – opening the way for breeding high-yielding hybrid wheats. The researchers say the discovery and the associated breeding techn...

Australian OGTR Receives Application for Commercial Release of GM Safflower

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received a license application under the Gene Technology Act 2000 (the Act) for Dealings involving the Intentional Release (DIR) of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the Australian environment. The application (DIR 158) from GO Resources Pty Ltd proposes the commercial release of two l...

ITIF, Independent Scientists Call on US Interior Secretary to Reverse Policy Against GM Seeds

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), one of the world's top science and technology body, together with a group of independent scientists, have submitted a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to call on the department to reverse a Fish and Wildlife Service policy that phased out the use of genetically modified (GM) s...

Biotechnology a Key Part of Uganda's Food Security Strategy

In a speech read for him by the 3rd Deputy prime minister Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja, President Yoweri Museveni yet again highlighted the critical role of modern biotechnology in ensuring sustainable food and nutrition security for the country's 38 million people. This was during celebrations to mark World Food Day (WFD) on October 16, 2017 in Rubanda ...

Golden Rice to Lead the Way in Producing Healthier Rice Varieties

Precision agriculture, including GM crops, provides the tools to assist for macronutrients yield, climate change adaption, and other unfavorable growing conditions, as well as malnutrition. Adrian Dubock of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board presented Golden Rice as an example of a product of precision agriculture that has a huge potential to impro...

Global Hunger Index Shows Long-term Decline But Level Remains High

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) indicates long-term advancement in decreasing global hunger. However, the progress has been uneven, with millions continuing to experience chronic hunger and many areas encountering food shortage and even starvation. The 2017 GHI, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern World...

6 in 10 Doctors Report Abusive Remarks from Patients, and Many Get Little Help Coping with Wounds

(STAT News) – Most doctors have absorbed racist, sexist, and other bigoted verbal remarks from patients under their care, according to a new national survey. And in interviews, physicians say these ugly incidents, while not frequent, can leave lasting scars. … Read More

Better Than Smart Speakers? Japan Is Making Robot and Hologram Companions

While American internet giants are developing speakers, Japanese companies are working on robots and holograms. They all share a common goal: to create the future platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart homes. Names like Bocco, EMIEW3, Xperia Assistant, and Gatebox may not ring a bell to most outside of Japan, but Sony, […]

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