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Daily Highlights
1. New stem cells made available
2. Inquiry reveals anxiety over genetic patents
3. Bird flu threat still real, NZ viriologist says
4. FDA caution undermining ability to save lives, Dr says
5. California county votes no on GM
6. Regulators face moral dilemmas

New stem cells made available
A group of US scientists has created 17 new embryonic stem cell lines in the laboratory and made them available for other researchers to investigate. Stem cells are "master" cells that can divide ...

Inquiry reveals anxiety over genetic patents
An Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry has found widespread anxiety and uncertainty about whether genetic patents will stifle research and development in the country's billion-dollar biote...

Bird flu threat still real, NZ viriologist says
The threat of Asia's bird flu epidemic becoming a global pandemic is still real, says Christchurch virologist Lance Jennings. The death toll from the virus among humans has now reached 22 and ne...

FDA caution undermining ability to save lives, Dr says
The FDA is an organization whose work falls largely off the public's radar, Dr David Gratzer writes.As a result, some may assume that its role is less than crucial. But the FDA oversees the regula...

California county votes no on GM
Opponents of genetically engineered foods celebrated a historic victory on Wednesday after voters approved a measure to make Mendocino County, California, the first in the United States to ban genetic...

Regulators face moral dilemmas
On 12 February 2004, South Korean researchers reported that they had successfully extracted stem cells from cloned human embryos. AAR lawyer Melissa Foong writes that the researchers later, however...

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