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Devil's in the detail of UK science boost

By | July 20, 2000

"Genuinely very good news" to "cautiously optimistic" covers the range of reactions among scientists to a UK research spending hike.

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Human mad cow disease rising - or is it?

By | July 19, 2000

British experts try to have it both ways in the prediction of the trends in variant CJD.

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French refusal to pull up GMO "contaminated" maize splits government

By | July 18, 2000

artificial gene constructs are causing political controversy in France.

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Royal Society says UK science spending halved

By | July 17, 2000

D funding has fallen by more than half in fifteen years.

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UK science - politicians get the seven-year itch

By | July 17, 2000

Seven years after the last UK (Conservative) government 'White Paper' on science, Tony Blair's Labour administration will try to make its own marriage between science and government policy.

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A third postcard from China: fascinated by biotechnology, but cautious

By | July 14, 2000

Contrary to much reporting in the West, China is having to pay attention to public concerns about biotechnology, says Zhao Zhizen, TV science broadcaster.

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Seven Academies back GMOs to feed the world

By | July 14, 2000

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are good for the poor and hungry, say seven national and international academies of science.

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Is the President of South Africa really so irrational about AIDS?

By | July 10, 2000

Robert Walgate asks: Do Thabo Mbeki's opening words at the 13th International AIDS Conference in Durban at the weekend justify the reported reaction?

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A success story in Europe's forests

By | July 7, 2000

Europe's forest area is expanding by half a million hectares a year, enough to cover Belgium in six years or Switzerland in eight, according to a joint report of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN Economic Commission for Europe.Moreover, claims the report, temperate and boreal forests absorb about as much carbon every year as is released by tropical deforestation, thus slowing the speed of climate change.The report covers the forest resources of not only Europe, but also the Commo

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British doctors react to a year of scandals

By | July 7, 2000

The General Medical Council promises reform.

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