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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 9/2

Daily Highlights
1. No evidence bird flu passed from humans, WHO says
2. Leftover embryos could benefit research
3. Heart-healthy meat may be on the menu
4. Greenpeace challenges Monsanto patent
5. Balancing risks and benefits - Spiked online debate
6. Big pharma calls on small biotech firm

No evidence bird flu passed from humans, WHO says
Genetic evidence shows bird flu is not being passed from person to person in Vietnam, reassuring news that suggests the outbreaks that have killed 18 people have not become an epidemic, the World Heal...

Leftover embryos could benefit research
It should be legal for leftover embryos from fertility treatments to be used for stem cell research, according to a keynote speaker at this week's New Zealand Bioethics Conference. Gareth Jones, p...

Heart-healthy meat may be on the menu
Fish oils known to help prevent heart attacks can now be made by land animals for themselves, thanks to work by genetic engineers. The researchers inserted a gene from a nematode worm into mice wh...

Greenpeace challenges Monsanto patent
Greenpeace is challenging patent rights to a wheat strain granted to Monsanto, the world's largest genetically modified (GM) seed company, on grounds of "biopiracy." The dispute continues the environm...

Balancing risks and benefits - Spiked online debate
Continuing the Spiked online debate, Dr Gill Samuels of Pfizer writes about balancing the risks and benefits of research.In areas where new science and technologies are being employed, an e...

Big pharma calls on small biotech firm
Three of the world's largest drug makers, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly, are turning to a tiny Silicon Valley company to help them develop drugs. Troy May writes in the S...

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