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2013-09-17 11:09:09

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to make dramatic improvements to the cancer cell-killing power of vinblastine, one of the most successful chemotherapy drugs of the past few decades. The team’s modified versions of vinblastine showed 10 to 200 times greater potency than the clinical drug. Even more significantly, these new compounds overcome the drug resistance that emerges upon treatment relapse, which renders continued or subsequent vinblastine...

2010-01-27 07:36:33

The latest issue of the Hastings Center Report features articles on "medicalized" weapons that temporarily incapacitate targets, sharing the benefits of newly found biological resources, and applications of GINA (the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act). Highlights: "Medicalized" weapons. Should physicians and other medical workers participate in the development of "medicalized" weapons? These nonlethal weapons "“ which rely on advances in neuroscience, physiology, and pharmacology to...

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2009-02-06 13:00:00

Companies developing new products through biological discovery or "bioprospecting" are trying to file patents on Antarctic organisms or molecules for items ranging from cosmetics to medicines, putting new strains on the treaty demanding all scientific findings on Antarctica be freely shared. Jose Retamales, head of the Chilean Antarctic Institute, told Reuters that biology is dealing with a tricky situation due to the lack of clear rules for prospecting for animals and plants in Antarctica....

2008-07-13 21:00:13

By Dzulkifli Abdul Razak WHILE the G8 continues to make more promises on how to save the world, a Malaysian is putting his money where his mouth is. Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal of the well-known EmKay group took the initiative to launch the Belum Rainforest Research Centre last week. Unveiled by the Sultan of Perak, the centre is poised to be a beacon for sustainability in seeking new solutions to old problems. And why not? Belum is one of the richest biodiversity areas in Malaysia. It lies...

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2008-05-01 15:05:00

Controversial court patent case for simple yellow legume has become rallying point for 'biopiracy' concernsThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today rejected all of the patent claims for a common yellow bean that has been a familiar staple in Latin American diets for more than a century.The bean was erroneously granted patent protection in 1999, as US Patent Number 5,894,079, in a move that raised profound concerns about biopiracy and the potential abuse of intellectual...

2006-04-04 04:35:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Companies involved in businesses such as drug testing on animals or production of genetically modified foods are creating methods to address ethical dilemmas to overcome public distrust, a study said on Tuesday. "Our message for bioscience companies is that 'either you start paying serious attention to ethics and lead the way or you'll be pulled down the path anyway'," said Peter Singer, director of the Joint Center for Bioethics (JCB) at...

2006-04-01 00:55:00

By Terry Wade CURITIBA, Brazil -- Dozens of countries tried to hammer out agreements on Friday on the last day of a U.N. conference to protect biodiversity but fell short, leaving critics to complain more action is needed to prevent widespread loss of plant and animal species. Countries at the 8th United Nations conference on the Convention on Biodiversity in Brazil attempted to define steps they will take to fulfill a promise made four years ago to slow the pace of biodiversity loss by...

2006-03-14 20:13:37

By Terry Wade SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - In 1999, a young Brazilian botanist named Eliana Rodrigues dug through forests in an ambitious project with Krao Indians to collect and identify 400 tropical plants and berries they use as medicine. Proud of being socially conscious, she and her research partner, Dr Elisandro Carlini, signed agreements with three villages to share royalties from all commercial products and patents developed from the research. To help the tribal economy...

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2005-06-09 21:13:31

UNITED NATIONS -- Leaps in technology have made the darkest reaches of the sea much easier to explore, necessitating new rules to govern the precious resources of the deep, researchers said in a report. The report released Thursday said that scientists have begun to focus on the possible human health benefits to be gained from genetic material of "extremophiles," the organisms that thrive under extreme conditions in the deep. Now that so-called "bioprospecting" has become more feasible,...

2005-06-08 20:00:00

Vast genetic resources "“ "blue gold" on the international deep sea floor "“ need protection from unfettered commercial exploitation, warns a new report from the Japan-based United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS). Increasingly recognized as important to humankind for their potential medical and other uses, deep sea resources are now more accessible and vulnerable than ever because of rapid advances in exploration technology, the report says. Known as...