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GM Discussion : November 4, 2003

GM Discussion : November 4, 2003

1. Report concludes onions pose 'negligible risk'
2. GM onion hearing continues
3. Australia aims to keep up with cloning advances
4. Alarm at pesticide levels in organic produce
5. Organic toxin levels put consumers at risk
6. Agritech giants apply to test GM canola in NSW
7. OGTR approves GM cotton trial
8. US Govt encourages drug-gene link research
9. Osteoporosis gene identified

Report concludes onions pose 'negligible risk'
The first day of a public hearing on field trials of genetically modified (GM) onions went into a secret session yesterday after it emerged the Government-funded researchers had a mystery US collabora...

GM onion hearing continues
The commercial benefits of a field trial of genetically modified onions and the name of the secret partner involved have been kept under wraps at a Government hearing. Crop & Food Research has app...

Australia aims to keep up with cloning advances
Dr Ian Lewis from Genetics Australia, a company that supplies products to Australia's artificial dairy and cattle industry, says cloning technology is still very much in the research stage but the cha...

Alarm at pesticide levels in organic produce
Expensively-priced organic food sold in supermarkets has been found to contain pesticide residues equal to the maximum limit legally allowed in traditional food products, the Sydney Morning Herald rep...

Organic toxin levels put consumers at risk
High levels of a fungal toxin have been found in organic maize products sold in British shops, prompting top scientists to question the safety of this increasingly popular approach to agriculture. Exp...

Agritech giants apply to test GM canola in NSW
A new application to carry out a 4000-hectare trial of genetically modified canola in NSW has sparked concern among environmentalists. International agricultural technology giants Monsanto and Bay...

OGTR approves GM cotton trial
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has made a decision to issue a licence in respect of application DIR 036/2003 from CSIRO, for the limited and controlled release of geneti...

US Govt encourages drug-gene link research
Some people's genes make them uniquely susceptible to a drug's side effects or immune to its benefits. Now the US government wants to see more of drug companies' research into this new science, a smal...

Osteoporosis gene identified
A gene linked to osteoporosis has been identified by Decode Genetics, the Icelandic company that is leading efforts to find the genes that underlie common human diseases.People with any of three s...

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