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BioScience News Daily Highlights - December 18

Daily Highlights
1. Researchers create human clone embryo
2. Kraft confident of market for biotech wheat
3. Brazil legalises GM soy plantings, purchase still outlawed
4. Germany holds citizens conference on stem cell research
5. EU makes stem cell compromise
6. Drug advertising decision welcomed


Researchers create human clone embryo
Researchers at a small Boston area biotech company have created the most developed human clone embryo yet. The cloned embryo grew to at least 16 cells, a stage of development where it becomes useful f...
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Kraft confident of market for biotech wheat
U.S. consumers will most likely accept genetically engineered wheat in their bread, breakfast cereal and pasta as biotech crops are already widely used in many food products, a Kraft Foods Inc. offici...
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http://www.bioscinews.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=5685

Brazil legalises GM soy plantings, purchase still outlawed
A provisional decree has been published allowing Brazilian farmers to plant genetically modified soybeans for the 2003/04 (Oct/Sept) harvest. The decree, published in the Official Journal after b...
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http://www.bioscinews.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=5684

Germany holds citizens conference on stem cell research
A "citizens' conference" on stem cell research was launched over the weekend in Germany and will for the first time allow the voices of "normal people," to be heard on the highly controversial issue, ...
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http://www.bioscinews.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=5683

EU makes stem cell compromise
The European Parliament has voted in new legislation covering the safety and quality of human tissues and cells for medical use, rejecting proposals to forbid the clinical application of cells generat...
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http://www.bioscinews.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=5682

Drug advertising decision welcomed
The authors of the report "For Health or Profit?", released in February calling on the Minister of Health to support a ban on direct to consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs, congratulate ...
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http://www.bioscinews.com/news-detail.asp?newsID=5679

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Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

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Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

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Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

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