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BioScience News Daily Highlights - December 15

Daily Highlights
1. NZ Royal Society releases synchrotron report
2. Biotech innovation idea seeks support
3. Facts put Hawaii biotech issues into perspective
4. NZ takes part in international project
5. Research looks at environmental impact of GM crops
6. Food Ministers agree on policy initiatives

NZ Royal Society releases synchrotron report
The Royal Society of New Zealand today released its examination of the science case for New Zealand involvement in the Australian synchrotron, currently under construction at Monash University in Melb...

Biotech innovation idea seeks support
Auckland University wants public and private sector support for a $32 million biotechnology research centre. The proposed Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology aims to link basic science with ...

Facts put Hawaii biotech issues into perspective
We may live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but misstatements and misperceptions are not confined to our shores, Rick Klemm writes in the Hawaii Reporter.In recent weeks, journalists from arou...

NZ takes part in international project
United States Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced the launch of a $53 million US Bovine Genome Sequencing Project.This joint sequencing effort is a collaboration among the Nationa...

Research looks at environmental impact of GM crops
Almost a decade after genetically modified crops were first approved for widespread planting in Canada, the Government is trying to find out if those crops are harming the soil in which they grow, say...

Food Ministers agree on policy initiatives
Policy guidelines for four areas of food management were agreed upon at the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council meeting in Auckland last week. The guidelines will now be refe...

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