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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 12/2

Daily Highlights
1. Conference wrestles with biotech issues
2. Korea reports clone development
3. Research charity secures cancer gene patent
4. Scientists probe bird flu origins
5. WHO issues herbal medicine guidelines

Conference wrestles with biotech issues
Over 150 participants from New Zealand and overseas are set to explore the ethics of emerging biotechnologies at a major bioethics conference beginning at the University of Otago tomorrow. The eve...

Korea reports clone development
South Korean scientists have cloned a human embryo to obtain cells they hope could one day be used to treat disease. Seoul National University's Woo Suk Hwang, and colleagues, took the genetic mat...

Research charity secures cancer gene patent
A British medical research charity announced Wednesday it has secured a Europe-wide patent on a key gene that causes hereditary breast cancer, saying it had won a victory that ensures that cancer rese...

Scientists probe bird flu origins
Scientists analysing the genetic sequence of the H5N1 flu virus that killed a person in Vietnam say it is highly similar to sequences isolated recently from ducks and geese in China.They are caref...

WHO issues herbal medicine guidelines
The United Nations health agency has been cited as issuing advice to governments around the world on how to ensure that the $60 billion herbal medicine business is safe and sustainable.Dr. Hans Ho...

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