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Free genetic database suggested

Free genetic database suggested

Databases of genetic information could be run like libraries or radio stations to keep them available to all, researchers suggested this week. The ethics committee of the Human Genome Organisation... More...

Chicken genome due by year's end

Scientists are licking their lips over chicken. The bird's genetic sequence, which is due to be published in draft form towards the end of this year, should inform both doctors and poultry farmers, th... More...

DNA development may allay cloning fears

Reproductive cloning could be transformed into a safe, standardized technique for assisted reproduction, scientists told a meeting this week in Mexico. They discussed an extra step that could eliminat... More...

Diabetes, auto-immune disorder gene identified

Scientists in Britain have identified a genetic fault that can increase the risk of developing type one diabetes and other auto-immune diseases, they said on Wednesday. The gene, called CTLA4, reg... More...

US company engineers anthrax antidote

A San Diego-based company says it has engineered a human antibody that neutralises anthrax toxin in rats and could protect people exposed to the sometimes deadly bacteria. "The potency this antibo... More...

Zambia develops biotechnology strategy

Seven months after Zambia rejected genetically modified foods and banned American transgenic food donations from entering its territory, the Zambian government has developed a National Biosafety and B... More...

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