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2010-10-14 13:38:51

World renowned scientists speaking at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue have called for a radical transformation in the agriculture sector to cope with climate change, food security and to transition towards sustainability. Dr Dennis Garrity, Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre and Professor MS Swaminathan, 1987 World Food Prize Laureate and founder of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, have teamed up to promote what they call a "Ëœfresh out of the box...

2010-09-29 13:35:40

The yellow monkeyflower, an unassuming little plant that lives as both a perennial on the foggy coasts of the Pacific Northwest and a dry-land annual hundreds of miles inland, harbors a significant clue about evolution. Duke graduate student and native northern Californian David Lowry had become interested in how a single species could live such different lifestyles. He set out to find a gene or genes that would account for the monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus) being a lush, moisture-loving,...

2010-09-28 17:54:11

The number of people suffering from chronic hunger reached a record one billion globally in 2009, with Asia accounting for approximately two-thirds of the world's hungry. In response, the Asia Society and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have released an action plan to address food insecurity in Asia, with an emphasis on rice, the region's staple. The Task Force's report, Never an Empty Bowl: Sustaining Food Security in Asia, outlines a strategy focused on three key areas:...

2010-04-04 20:00:00

SUZHOU, China, April 4 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia hub of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), which is headed by the DNA structure discover, Dr. James D. Watson and President and CEO of CSHL, Dr. Bruce Stillman, who spearhead the effort in molecular medicine and genetics for better diagnostics and treatments for neurological diseases, cancer and other major causes of human suffering. Home to seven Nobel laureates, CSHL has played a pivotal role in the...

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2009-03-01 09:25:00

Mendel solved the logic of inheritance in his monastery garden with no more technology than Darwin had in his garden at Down House. So why couldn't Darwin have done it too? A Journal of Biology article* argues that Darwin's background, influences and research focus gave him a viewpoint that prevented him from interpreting the evidence that was all around him, even in his own work. Darwin's commitment to quantitative variation as the raw material of evolution meant he could not see the logic...

2006-07-11 20:06:18

By Ben Hirschler BRNO, Czech Republic (Reuters) - The walled garden of Brno's 14th-century Abbey of St. Thomas seems an unlikely birthplace for the gene revolution, which gave the world biotech drugs and genetically modified crops. Yet it was here, 150 years ago, that the Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel worked out the basic laws of inheritance by painstakingly cross-breeding thousands of pea plants. His breakthrough was to show how many characteristics, such as the height of plants...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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