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UK Govt set to announce GM decision Compromise reached over biotech crops Chile enters biotech crop race US committed to climate change objectives Manufacturing soaks up fossil fuels, UN report says Sunscreen could be DNA

UK Govt set to announce GM decision The UK government is due to announce its policy on planting genetically modified crops on Tuesday after five years of tests and consultation. It is widely expected to give agreement in principle t... More...

Compromise reached over biotech crops Scottish ministers have agreed a compromise deal with the UK government to allow genetically modified crops to be grown in England but not in Scotland, it emerged last night. Under the deal, t... More...

Chile enters biotech crop race Chile, the biggest exporter of fresh fruit in the Southern Hemisphere, is developing new gene-modified foods for sale abroad, despite consumer concerns about such products, in a bid to compete with ri... More...

US committed to climate change objectives The United States is "fully committed to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and shares its ultimate objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a... More...

Manufacturing soaks up fossil fuels, UN report says The manufacture of an average desktop computer and monitor uses more than 10 times its weight in fossil fuels and chemicals, according to a United Nations University (UNU) study which has called for w... More...

Sunscreen could be DNA A short strand of DNA could become the sunscreen of the future, according to US researchers. Scientists at Boston University School of Medicine found a DNA fragment called pTT can help repair and ... More...

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