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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 12/3

Daily Highlights
1. MAF clears Forest Research of biosecurity risk
2. NZ Nobel winner says energy crisis looming
3. Gene changes linked to diabetes
4. Grain handler to assume liability for GM mix-ups
5. Consumer survey finds biotech food acceptance stable
6. WTO Dispute Panel named
7. Plugging in to the power of sewage

MAF clears Forest Research of biosecurity risk
MAF has completed an investigation into recent allegations by a former Forest Research scientist that non- GM Pinus taeda shared the same Forest Research containment facility as GM Pinus radiata at Ro...

NZ Nobel winner says energy crisis looming
New Zealand-born Nobel Prize winner Alan MacDiarmid has called on all countries of the world to divert a percentage of their military budgets to solving a looming world energy crisis. Dr MacDiarmi...

Gene changes linked to diabetes
Four changes in the gene's code that were much more common in people with type 2 or adult-onset diabetesA gene that helps control pancreatic and liver cells may also make certain people prone to typ...

Grain handler to assume liability for GM mix-ups
Australia's Eastern states bulk grain handler GrainCorp says it will assume liability for any mix-up, if genetically modified canola gets mixed up with conventional canola during a harvest. Gr...

Consumer survey finds biotech food acceptance stable
An annual survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) has found that consumer awareness and acceptance of biotech foods remains stable. For the first time, the survey ask...

WTO Dispute Panel named
Late last month the United States, Canada and Argentina requested the WTO Director-General name a three-person dispute settlement panel to review its complaint against the EU's five-year moratorium on...

Plugging in to the power of sewage
The waste you flush down the toilet could one day power the lights in your home. So say researchers at Pennsylvania State University who last week revealed they have developed an electricity generator...

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