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Daily Highlights: SARS vaccine shows promise Fat busting pill mimics exercise Complementary medicines website available Health Ministry reviews use of human tissue England begins consultation on GM legislation Baby teeth could provide life-saving cells Reduced canola trials to go ahead in NSW Kiwi lifestyle taking its toll Let them eat cake

SARS vaccine shows promise Scientists have developed a vaccine which they say offers protection against the Sars virus. Researchers from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said it reduced levels of... More...

Fat busting pill mimics exercise A fat busting pill which mimics the effect exercise has on the body is being developed by Australian scientists.Scientists at St Vincent's Institute in Melbourne said the fat pill could be taken b... More...

Complementary medicines website available Cutting through the bewildering array of information about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the focus of a new Ministry of Health-funded website launched today.Ministry spokesperson... More...

Health Ministry reviews use of human tissue The use of human tissue for therapeutic and non-therapeutic purposes is being reviewed by the Ministry of Health.The review covers many issues, including informed consent, the safety of tissue-bas... More...

England begins consultation on GM legislation Consultation has started on legislation to implement and enforce new European regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency and the Department f... More...

Baby teeth could provide life-saving cells The baby teeth children hide under their pillows for the mythical tooth fairy may one day be used to extract stem cells for life-saving treatments, Australian scientists say. Infant teeth have b... More...

Reduced canola trials to go ahead in NSW The first commercial trials of genetically modified canola are set to go ahead in New South Wales.But the State Government has approved smaller trials than what was advised by its Gene Technology ... More...

Kiwi lifestyle taking its toll Bad diets, smoking and sitting around are the country's biggest killers, according to a new report. The Looking Upstream report, released yesterday by the Ministry of Health, lists the top 20 ca... More...

Let them eat cake For residents of developed countries, the campaign to demonize genetically modified food simply means higher prices at the supermarket, a Wall Street Journal Editorial says.In the Third World, how... More...

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