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  • April 4, 2017
  • 07:00 PM

New rice fights off drought

by adam phillips in It Ain't Magic

Researchers have created drought resistant transgenic rice using a gene from a small Eurasian flowering plant.... Read more »

  • August 18, 2015
  • 03:43 PM

Dramatic Drop in Chickenpox Since Vaccination Program Instituted

by Marie Benz in Interview with: Jessica Leung, MPH and Rafael Harpaz, MD, MPH Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) MedicalResearch: What is the background for this study? Authors’ Response: … Continue reading →
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Jessica Leung, MPH and Rafael Harpaz, MD, MPH. (2015) Dramatic Drop in Chickenpox Since Vaccination Program Instituted. info:/

  • June 24, 2015
  • 09:30 AM

Going for a Song? The Price of Pet Birds

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

The price of birds for sale in pet stores in Taiwan sheds light on legal (and illegal) trade, with consequences for native wildlife. Taiwan is an interesting place to study birds. Songbirds are kept for singing competitions, and there is a tradition of taking caged birds out for a walk (‘bird walking’). As in other Asian countries, birds and other animals are set free in order to make merit (prayer release), potentially adding significantly to the numbers of alien birds living wild. The........ Read more »

  • March 25, 2014
  • 03:31 PM


by Amy Swanston in Antisense Science

With the Council for Science and Technology advising that we need to rethink our stance on GM food, we decided to look into some of the science behind genetic engineering to see what all the fuss is about.

Every year the world population increases, as does our need to find new sources of food. Globally malnutrition affects 34 million children across the world- but could GM crops be the cure? A huge proportion of land is simply not good enough to grow food or has problems with pests, but if we........ Read more »

Eamens A, Wang MB, Smith NA, & Waterhouse PM. (2008) RNA silencing in plants: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Plant physiology, 147(2), 456-68. PMID: 18524877  

Funke T, Han H, Healy-Fried ML, Fischer M, & Schönbrunn E. (2006) Molecular basis for the herbicide resistance of Roundup Ready crops. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(35), 13010-5. PMID: 16916934  

Paine JA, Shipton CA, Chaggar S, Howells RM, Kennedy MJ, Vernon G, Wright SY, Hinchliffe E, Adams JL, Silverstone AL.... (2005) Improving the nutritional value of Golden Rice through increased pro-vitamin A content. Nature biotechnology, 23(4), 482-7. PMID: 15793573  

  • March 12, 2014
  • 04:00 PM

MMR’s successor – MMRV

by Tarnjit Khera in Scitkk

MMRV is the quadruple vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR; more here) and chicken pox (also known as varicella). Varicella vaccination (developed in Japan) has been used in Japan for twenty years and in the USA since 1995. In 2006, the varicella vaccination was combined with MMR to make MMRV. MMRV was licensed in 2005 and is a routine vaccination in many countries including the USA, Germany and Australia. The advantages of this are to reduce the number of injections and therefore........ Read more »

Tarnjit Khera. (2014) MMR’s successor – MMRV. info:other/

  • October 21, 2013
  • 03:11 PM

Anti-Inflammatories and Anti-Oxidants in Licorice: Is Licorice good before a workout?

by AB Kirk in Stiff Competition

This article started in response to a question: “what is the best supplement to take before a workout.”  Licorice seems as good a choice as several other products.  So IThe post Anti-Inflammatories and Anti-Oxidants in Licorice: Is Licorice good before a workout? appeared first on WODMasters.... Read more »

Sigurjónsdóttir HA, Franzson L, Manhem K, Ragnarsson J, Sigurdsson G, & Wallerstedt S. (2001) Liquorice-induced rise in blood pressure: a linear dose-response relationship. Journal of human hypertension, 15(8), 549-52. PMID: 11494093  

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