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BioScience News Daily Highlights - Mon Dec. 8th

Daily Highlights

1. Bio-engineered plants promise a new era of innovation
2. Study finds drugs harm DNA
3. GM parasite set to wipe out possums
4. Greenhouse gas research deal expected soon
5. Bitter pill: Govt surrenders $200m industry to Australian control
6. BioIndustry Review out next week

Bio-engineered plants promise a new era of innovation
In 1798, the perennially cheery Reverend Thomas Malthus came to a simpleconclusion: we're all going to starve to death.In his famous social and economic treatise, Essay on the Principle of Popul...

Study finds drugs harm DNA
Cocaine and ecstasy not only cause addiction and raise the risk of cancer but also provoke genetic mutations, Italian scientists have reported."Cocaine and ecstasy have proved to be more dangerous...

GM parasite set to wipe out possums
Groundbreaking Kiwi research into wiping out possums by genetically modifying a parasite that lives in the pests has been highlighted at an international wildlife conference in Christchurch writes Bar...

Greenhouse gas research deal expected soon
The Government and agriculture sector are expected to reach agreement on greenhouse gas research funding by Christmas.Pastoral industry representatives and the Government have been working out the...

Bitter pill: Govt surrenders $200m industry to Australian control
The Health Minister has effectively given Australia control of New Zealand's $200 million dietary supplements industry, according to Green MP Sue Kedgley."The Minister's unilateral decision to reg...

BioIndustry Review out next week
The third annual BioIndustry Review for Australia and New Zealand is available from December 2003. In the 2003 Bioindustry Review you will find:Data, statistics and trends in the Australian an...

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Editor: Christine Ross

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