Friday 28 August 1998
FIELD TRIALS of genetically modified crops in Germany face opposition from regional governments. Rainder Steenblock, the environment minister of Schleswig-Holstein, wants the law changed so Germany's 16 states have a say in whether trials can go ahead inside their boundaries.
THE SUCCESS of land plants is due to an accidental duplication of a singe gene early on, say researchers in the US and Germany. The gene is responsible for a protein called actin, which plays a key role in forming the framework of cells. Scientists at the University of Iowa found that while algae and marine plants have one copy of the actin gene, land plants have at least two.
A TRIBE of Apaches signed a deal with American geneticists stating it will receive a share of profits from research using genes taken from the tribe's blood samples. The work aims to investigate the genes that confer resistance and susceptibility to disease, reports New Scientist. In return, the tribe will retain anonymity, and the genetic data will not be compared to other tribes.
NUCLEAR WASTE buried underground can migrate to the surface through plant roots, according to scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
- 2 McKamey Manor: This 'extreme' haunted house is the stuff of nightmares
- 3 Russell Brand says he will 'probably' give up acting to focus on his revolution
- 4 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 5 David Beckham's Haig Club whisky is exactly what’s wrong with the Highlands
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Revolutionary lost Caravaggio painting 'Mary Magdalen in Ecstasy' identified
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Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Tony Blair 'says Ed Miliband will lose 2015 general election'
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