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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 29/3

Daily Highlights
1. AgResearch CEO defines goals
2. Antidepressants not cause of suicide, Dr says
3. Land management solutions lie in soil
4. GM bans empty populism
5. The difference between embracing progress & fearing it
6. GM fish help explain motor neurone disease

AgResearch CEO defines goals
New AgResearch chief executive Dr Andy West says his top priority when he starts work at Ruakura on May 3 will be to "make farmers richer". West, who led the officials team which created the crown...

Antidepressants not cause of suicide, Dr says
They are the drugs designed to lift the dark cloud of depression, and for some people they work incredibly well. But overseas studies suggest that for some children and young people the reverse is...

Land management solutions lie in soil
The economy of the central North Island was transformed in the 1930s when scientists recognised and solved the problem of cobalt deficiency for millions of hectares of our now productive volcanic soil...

GM bans empty populism
Yesterday's announcement by West Australian Premier Geoff Gallop that his state would be "legally declared a GM-free area" in order to preserve its "clean and green" status was a piece of empty populi...

The difference between embracing progress & fearing it
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Dean Kleckner writes.The same might be said of "contamination," the latest buzzword among the enemies of biotechnology. It's in the eye of the b...

GM fish help explain motor neurone disease
Thousands of stripey aquarium fish are helping Australian researchers learn more about a degenerative disease of the human nervous system.The zebra fish have been genetically modified to carry a h...

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