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December 12, 2012
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  • FDA continues to delay decision on genetically altered fish
    Aquabounty has waited years for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell its genetically modified salmon, which could have a chilling effect on other companies considering biotechnology investments, experts say. The company, which adds a Chinook salmon growth hormone to Atlantic salmon to speed their growth, has almost run out of money waiting for approval. "The story of Aquabounty is disappointing because everyone was hoping the company would be a clear signal that genetic modification in animals is now acceptable in the U.S.," said Helen Sang, a University of Edinburgh geneticist. Associated Press (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coconut oil shows potential in fight against tooth decay
    Coconut oil is effective against common bacterial causes of tooth decay, according to research conducted at Ireland's Athlone Institute of Technology. Coconut oil treated with enzymes that mimic the digestion process was particularly effective against Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium, as well as yeast. The oil has potential as a component of oral care products, the researchers said. Health Me Up (India) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • University of Texas withdraws fracking study
    The University of Texas has withdrawn a study of hydraulic fracturing after an outside panel determined its chief investigator failed to disclose a conflict of interest. The study's investigator served on the board of Plains Exploration & Production, from which he received stock and an annual fee. The study determined there is no evidence that groundwater is contaminated as a result of hydraulic fracturing. Bloomberg (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bayer, Syngenta seek Canadian approval for biotech soybean
    Bayer CropSciences and Syngenta Canada filed an application with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada seeking approval for SYHT0H2, their herbicide-resistant biotech soybean. The partners are asking approval to market the soybean for food, commercial planting and animal feed. Food Business Review (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The perfect holiday gift
    If you are wondering what to give your sweetie this year, wonder no more. We have the definitive gift: The Official Methods and Recommended Practices of the AOCS, 6th Edition, 2nd Printing, is on sale this month. Imagine the scintillating conversation that will ensue when you tell your loved one that AOCS has set the standard for analytical methods critical to processing, trading, utilizing, and evaluating fats, oils, and lipid products. All humor aside, no laboratory should be without this valuable resource. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Endocrine disrupters examined
    The endocrine system consists of glands and organs that produce hormones to regulate the human body and its functions. Substances that interact directly or indirectly with the body's endocrine system are called endocrine-active (or endocrine-disrupting) substances. Such "endocrine activity" is one of several effects that scientists consider when they assess possible risks to consumers from chemicals in food. A toxicologist from the European Food Safety Authority explains the assessment process in a new video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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