Welcome to MABIC

The Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building public understanding of biotechnology. In the past one decade, with its various outreach programmes and a broad spectrum of target audience, MABIC has positioned itself as the sole biotechnology communicator in Malaysia. MABIC organizes a variety of activities targeted at specific stakeholders in and around Malaysia to promote mutual understanding, engage the masses and inspire the next generation to embrace the potential of biotechnology. Its strong linkages and collaboration with universities and government agencies serves as MABIC’s key strength in successfully creating public understanding of biotechnology.

It is recent flagship project, the Petri Dish is Malaysia’s first science newspaper to further promote science & technology among stakeholders from all walks of life.

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How to avoid GMO corn? Turn back the clock 9000 years

In 9000 years, humans have altered sweetcorn to make it 1000 times larger, 3.5 times sweeter, much easier to peel and much easier to grow than its natural ancestor. It no longer resembles the original teosinte plant at all. Around half of this artificial selection happened since the fifteenth century, when European settlers placed new selection pressures on the crop to suit their exotic taste buds. The newest varieties were developed by extensive testing in laboratories.

 
People are blindly against GMOs without even knowing what it is

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Neil deGrasse Tyson says ‘chill out’ to activists: GMOs perfectly safe

An old video of Neil deGrasse Tyson defending GMO foods has recently been highlighted in an article from Mother Jones. The beloved Cosmos host emphatically says that there is nothing unnatural about GMO foods because humans “have systematically genetically modified all the foods, the vegetables and animals, that we have eaten ever since we cultivated them.” Responses to the video have appeared on the web, from the Washington Examiner noting that Tyson’s pro-GMO stance “may come as a bit of a heartbreak to greenies on the far left,” to Vox describing Tyson as having broken down “one of the silliest anti-GMO arguments.”

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BioAsia 2015

Being a most active sector of the global economy, life sciences sector is thriving with opportunities and growth, powered by innovation, scope and profound expertise. Asia and more specifically India are well poised to become a power house for the global life sciences sector. The Indian life sciences industry is on the threshold of entering a New Era of growth and positivity, promising extraordinary growth and an innovation driven bioeconomy. However, the big question remains whether the life sciences industry is prepared to exploit this evolving environment and capitalize on the big opportunity? BioAsia 2015 - the twelfth edition of the widely attended annual convention, is all set to bring together the global industry leaders, researchers, policy makers, innovators, and investors together on one platform discussing the new opportunities in the transition. Join us during BioAsia 2015 and contribute to building an ecosystem that rewards all the stakeholders.

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Mark Lynas' Interview with Bt Brinjal Farmers in Bangladesh

While the farmers in Bangladesh are seeing progress after adopting Bt brinjal, the anti-biotech groups are hard at work to discredit the benefits of this crop. As usual they are spreading lies and it is clear they are not checking with the farmers on the facts. A typical “We speak FOR the farmers and not TO the farmers” strategy. Watch this video

 

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Crop Biotech Update
A weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA).

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