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NZ's space industry gets off the ground.

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'It's a Test' successfully lifted-off at 16:20pm on Thursday 25 May (NZST). In doing so, Electron became the first orbital-class rocket launched from from a pri...vate launch site - Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1.

The rocket made it to space, and our engineers were able to capture hugely valuable data in the process. We will use this data to optimize Electron ahead of our second test flight.

Our team are absolutely delighted with the milestone, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us in getting this far!

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We'll be speaking today at the March for Science (Christchurch). Go to the Canterbury museum at 10 am if you're keen to watch and attend the march.

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"The National Party could face an embarrassing defeat on its major planning reforms unless it agrees to drop changes which affect genetically-modified organisms."

The National Party could face an embarrassing defeat on its major planning reforms unless it agrees to drop changes which affect genetically-modified organisms. - New Zealand Herald
nzherald.co.nz

As part of a infographic series called 'GMOs revealed', here's an infographic on how GMO insect-resistant Bt crops work.

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Infographics, called GMOs Revealed, that will explain how genetically engineered traits work using a
geneticliteracyproject.org

"A foundation representing boys dying from muscular dystrophy says it will try to cure the disease using CRISPR".

Patients groups are backing gene-editing as potential “home run” against disease.
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This story provides an important lesson on patent writing and intellectual property.

The US Patent and Trademark Office issues a verdict in legal tussle over rights to genome-editing technology.
go.nature.com

"Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases".

Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday.
reuters.com

"Super milk" potential in GE cows.

Kiwi scientists have taken another step toward a potential future of genetically-altered, hypo-allergenic, high-protein milk. - New Zealand Herald
nzherald.co.nz
Genetic Engineers' Guild updated their cover photo.
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Biotechnology can be divided into four main areas of application: medical, agricultural, environmental and industrial. An online paper highlights advances in metabolic engineering (utilising genetically engineered bacteria), allowing for significant advances in industrial biomanufacturing, promoting widespread adoption and disruption of existing industries. These genetically modified bacteria can be utilised to turn methane into valuable and useful chemicals, for example.

Article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releas…/2017/…/170109113803.htm
Online paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/355/6320/aag0804

Engineers propose that the future of chemical production lies in decentralized biomanufacturing facilities that will push innovation and achieve efficiency not possible at today's megaplants.
sciencedaily.com

An important CRISPR-Cas9 'off switch' has recently been discovered. This discovery is important for reducing risks of this system snipping and introducing the wrong genes and genetic changes.

Live Science article: http://www.livescience.com/57340-crispr-off-switch-discover…

A protein used by viruses could be used as an off switch to make the CRISPR gene editing system safer, researchers say.
livescience.com

"(Del Monte’s) new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene."

Link: https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/…/fda-approves-extr…/

A strain of pineapple genetically engineered to be pink instead of yellow got the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 14 The pi
geneticliteracyproject.org

We've activated our Twitter account so if you want to watch more debates and discussions follow us at: https://twitter.com/geguild

The latest Tweets from GE Guild (@geguild). Advocating for objective scientific discussion around the use and benefits of biotechnology in New Zealand and globally
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Along the lines of the article posted yesterday, can we measure the benefits of biotechnology in agriculture?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/biotechnology-makes-a-diffe…

It has now been 20 years since farmers first began using products of ag biotechnology – also known as genetic modification – to grow crops. Not surprisin...
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A recent article by the The New York Times attempts to cast doubts on the benefits of the use of biotechnology for improving crops. There are several problems with the article's arguments and use of data, Andrew Kniss responds with his own piece, published here in the The Genetic Literacy Project:

https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/…/strawmen-selectiv…/

Original NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/…/busi…/gmo-promise-falls-short.html…

An opinion piece maintaining that the current generation of GMO crops has under delivered in yield and led to increased chemical usage is characterized as "borderline disingenuous" and misleading by one of the world's most respected independent weed scientists
geneticliteracyproject.org

Spark Therapeutics has applied for a application to the FDA for a gene therapy product called SPK-RPE65, which targets genetic mutations in people's eyes that lead to blindness.

Spark Therapeutics is within striking distance of a landmark green light from the FDA for its treatment for certain forms of blindness.
technologyreview.com