Ten years ago, a group of scientists working at the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbioloy at SUNY, Stony Brook, described for the first time the de novo chemical synthesis of polio virus, which they confirmed was fully infectious. Continue reading
Ever since the biotechnology industry first made inroads into South America back in the 1990s, rates of birth defects, cancer and other illnesses have steadily increased, a direct result of pesticides and herbicides being sprayed near residential areas. And one group of mothers from Argentina, known as “Mothers of Ituzaingo,” is demanding that the industry’s largest player, Continue reading
Illegal genetically-modified (GM) wheat is not the only surprise transgenic crop being discovered unexpectedly on the commercial market. As it turns out, a long-abandoned variety of GM flax known as FP967 has reportedly been identified in at least 30 countries worldwide over the past few years, a discovery that has greatly stifled the Canadian flax market, which supplies most of the world’s flax. Continue reading
The current, much-debated lack in labeling of genetically modified foods makes it difficult enough to trust your own food choices these days – let alone, trusting food prepared for you at your favorite restaurant. Heck, even just being able to relax during meal time, knowing that the food itself might be an active threat to your health and safety, Continue reading
In India and Bangladesh, there is a very special forest known for its biodiversity. The forest is called the Sundarbans and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is rich in medicinal plants, not the least of which is a mangrove palm called “Nypa fruticans Wurmb.” If you have any trouble regulating your blood sugar and worry about diabetes becoming a part of your life, you’ll want to read this health news about Nypa fruticans Wurmb. Continue reading
Going beyond remedies that reduce the symptoms of common cold or heal common ailments, there are now treatments that target those diseases that still haven’t found a medical solution. It is here that biotechnology offers little known but no less effective alternative.
These are drugs that have as their primary mission support to attack serious symptoms and complications of these diseases and improve the quality of life of the patients. Synvisc One, for example, is a medical treatment to treat osteoarthritis or the wear of the knee cartilage, which most commonly occurs in older adults and young athletes or patients with significant degrees of obesity.
It was recently launched in Chile at a seminar Continue reading