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
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- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 4 Vagina canoe artist facing two years in jail defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference
Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
EastEnders Christmas Day special, TV review: It's all about the Carters this Christmas - and Danny Dyer is brilliant
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman to stay on as Peter Capaldi’s assistant Clara Oswald in next series
The Interview finally gets US release after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader