'Calm down' genes treat epilepsy in rats


Adding "calm down" genes to hyperactive brain cells has completely cured rats of epilepsy for the first time, say UK researchers. They believe their approach could help people who cannot control their seizures with drugs. Read more at

EU CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISER: "The evidence really is strong and robust and you should just believe in the evidence."

Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser of the European Commission, gave evidence before the Science and Technology Committee, House of Commons, on Monday 29 October 2012 "Whether you talk about stem cells, GM technology or whatever it is, the evidence is there. What people are not clear about is when and why they dismiss the evidence and make decisions on the basis of a philosophical or ethical viewpoint, whatever that might be." Read more at

Does genetically modified corn cause cancer? A flawed study fails to convince

A scientific paper appeared that reported that eating genetically modified (GM) corn causes cancer in rats. Specifically, the scientists fed Roundup Ready® corn, or maize, to rats for two years, and reported that both females and males developed cancer and died at higher rates than controls. This is very surprising. If GM corn causes cancer, why aren’t Americans “dropping like flies,“ as one scientist asked? To read more:

Saudi Arabia spends SR 350 million on biotechnology research

The Kingdom has spent SR 350 million on research projects in the field of biotechnology through the national plan for science, technology and innovation during the past three years, the chief of research at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has said. Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al-Saud was inaugurating the Saudi International Biotechnology Conference at the KACST headquarters in Riyadh yesterday. Besides international speakers from the United States and Japan, around 500 local delegates attended the function. To read more:

Sweet Sorghum Leading Southern Bioenergy Crop

A lot of research has gone into studying sweet sorghum’s potential as a bioenergy crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has found that there are several attributes of the feedstock that make it uniquely suited to produce biofuels. One assest is its lower need for water, making it an ideal crop to grow in drought prevalent areas. In addition, it has low nitrogen fertilizer requirements and high biomass content. This according to molecular biologist Scott Sattler and Jeff Pedersen with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). To read more:

USDA Crop Acreage Report for 2012, confirms that US farmers continue to demonstrate overwhelming trust and confidence in biotech crops

“Unprecedented high adoption rates are testimony to overwhelming trust and confidence in biotech crops by millions of farmers worldwide,” said Dr. Clive James, founder and chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). “Farmers are masters of risk aversion. As soon as biotech crops are commercialized, their adoption is rapid, leading to near or complete optimization – the simple reason for the success of biotech crops in the U.S., and in another 28 countries around the world, is that they generate significant and multiple benefits by reducing yield loss from insect pests, weeds and diseases, and also result in substantial savings of pesticides.” For more information:


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