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Children's parents sue hospital over genetics patent

By | November 22, 2000

Families of children suffering a degenerative brain disease are suing the hospital and researchers who used their children's blood and tissue to identify and patent the gene responsible for the disorder.

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Italy: a GMO-free country?

By | November 21, 2000

The Italian Minister for Agricultural and Forestry Policy has made it clear he intends to ban GMOs of agricultural interest - but will he manage to sway the Italian public?

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HOUSTON "Mosquitoes are flying syringes," declared Frank Cortez-Flores of Loma Linda University (California), and two mosquito-borne diseases have broken past old geographic boundaries to invade the US. The first, West Nile encephalitis, is a newcomer to the western hemisphere and thus has garnered the most headlines. The other, dengue fever, is considered the world's most important vector-borne viral disease affecting people, in terms of both morbidity and mortality. The West Nile virus, native

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Nice and open

By | November 20, 2000

The UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence has opted to remove confidentiality from its appraisal process as a means of pre-empting information leaks.

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Patent knowledge

By | November 20, 2000

A special report just published in the UK reveals the extent and pace of the gene patent rush.

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Nearly a million children die each year of malaria, but the parasite became resistant to the cheapest drug. Now we know why.

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Modifying genetic research

By | November 15, 2000

GM food has provoked much protest but GM medicine has more public approval: the difference lies in approaches to research.

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Many drugs effective against tropical diseases are no longer available or in danger of being pulled from the market because they are unprofitable.

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Ritalin gets vote of approval in the UK

By | November 9, 2000

A new UK directive supports use of the controversial drug Ritalin in severe Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but only under specialist supervision.

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A game of monopoly

By | November 8, 2000

Reed Elsevier's proposed takeover of Harcourt has provoked an outcry from librarians and academics alike - but do they have the muscle to influence it?

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