Mobilizing Biosciences For Africa’s Development

bioThe importance of bioscience to improve health and regulations is of the utmost importance.  We’re here to provide information through bioscience pertaining to the growth of  health reforms and regulations.  Our major sponsors include Nepad, ILRI, and the Canada International Development Agency.  Here are a couple of news summaries from the Meridian Institute:

  • Ventria Cancels Move to Missouri
    Ventria Biosciences, a California-based company specializing in plant-made pharmaceuticals, has cancelled plans to locate operations at a research center being constructed at Northwest Missouri State University.
  • WTO Delays Ruling in GMO Dispute
    Diplomats report that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has again delayed a decision in the U.S.-EU dispute over genetically modified organisms (GMOs); a preliminary decision in the dispute is unlikely to be released before February.
  • Biotech Foods Turn 10, Controversy Continues
    This article discusses the state of genetically modified (GM) crops in 2006 at the “10th anniversary” of their widespread commercialization.
  • Destroying Crops Justified by Contamination Danger, French Court Rules
    A French court has acquitted 49 activists who destroyed experimental plots of genetically modified (GM) maize, agreeing with their argument that the “imminent danger” of contamination of nearby crops justified the offense.
  • Expected WTO Ruling Would Impact Europe
    This article reports that if the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules in favor of the U.S.
  • Influence of Provitamin A Carotenoids on Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin A Status
    This review paper from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research(CGIAR) HarvestPlus program discusses the influence of vitamin A nutrition on iron utilization in the human body, in the context of plant breeding and biotechnology-based efforts to create more nutritious crops.