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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 23/3

Daily Highlights
1. Get Used To Extreme Weather, Expert Says
2. Time For A Decision On GM Crops
3. WA Bans GM Food Crops
4. Local Councils May Make GE-Free Zones
5. Benefits Of Green Tea Uncovered
6. GM Tobacco Potential Cancer Vaccine

Get used to extreme weather, expert says
Global warming means New Zealanders should get used to more extreme weather events similar to last month's severe storms, a top climate expert says. Niwa senior climate scientist Jim Salinger told...

Time for a decision on GM crops
Last July, gene technology researcher and president of the Australian Academy of Science, Jim Peacock, gave a speech in which, according to an editorial in The Age, he accused state governments...

WA bans GM food crops
Western Australia will become the first state in Australia to officially ban the production of genetically modified (GM) food crops.The decision by the State Government will ensure farmers can con...

Local councils may make GE-free zones
Some candidates in the October 9 local council elections may make local GE-free zones a part of their campaign, co-leader of the Green Party in Parliament, Jeanette Fitzsimons said today. "There c...

Benefits of green tea uncovered
The secret of green tea's anti-cancer properties has been uncovered.Numerous studies suggest that green tea helps protect against a range of cancers, including lung, prostate and breast cancer. Th...

GM tobacco potential cancer vaccine
Scientists at UCT are using genetically altered tobacco plants to create vaccines against cervical cancer. They aim to create vaccines that fight the virus not the wallet. Rows of bright gree...

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