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GM Discussion : September 5, 2003

GM Discussion : September 5, 2003

1. Mental illnesses have similar genetic source
2. Genetic link in Sars & Chinese animal virus found
3. Canberra steps up GM role
4. EC releases precautionary principle paper
5. ERMA acts on review recommendations
6. Soy & public service questioned in Parliament
7. Councils confused over GM powers
8. Infant soy formula still hot topic

1. Mental illnesses have similar genetic source Schizophrenia and manic depression have a similar genetic source linked to flawed development of a key component of the central nervous system, a study published in the journal Lancet suggests. It... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4684

2. Genetic link in Sars & Chinese animal virus found The virus that infects humans with severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) is slightly different from one found in wild animals sold in China for food, but close enough to suggest the disease jumped ... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4683

3. Canberra steps up GM role Australia's federal Agriculture Department has flagged a more active role in helping farmers take advantage of genetically modified crops, according to a report in the Weekly Times.Parliamentary a... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4681

4. EC releases precautionary principle paper The European Commission has released a paper on the use of the precautionary principle, which intends to inform all interested parties how the Commission will apply the principle and to establish guid... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4680

5. ERMA acts on review recommendations Environment Minister Marian Hobbs has released details of actions taken by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) on the 49 recommendations made in the Capability Review earlier this year.... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4679

6. Soy & public service questioned in Parliament PQs: Question 2 - Soy Infant Formula-Food Safety Authority & Question 11 - Public Service-Political Neutrality(uncorrected transcript-subject to correction and further editing)2. SUE ... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4678

7. Councils confused over GM powers Horowhenua District Council and the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council are seeking clarification from the Government about exactly what powers they will have to keep GM organisms out when the moratori... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4677

8. Infant soy formula still hot topic Every infant soy milk formula sold in New Zealand contains genetically modified soy, the Government says. But acting food safety minister Damien O'Connor would still not name the brands yesterday.... More... http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=4676

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