NZ's space industry gets off the ground.
'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!
"The National Party could face an embarrassing defeat on its major planning reforms unless it agrees to drop changes which affect genetically-modified organisms."
As part of a infographic series called 'GMOs revealed', here's an infographic on how GMO insect-resistant Bt crops work.
"A foundation representing boys dying from muscular dystrophy says it will try to cure the disease using CRISPR".
This story provides an important lesson on patent writing and intellectual property.
"Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases".
"Super milk" potential in GE cows.
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.
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…
"(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."
We've activated our Twitter account so if you want to watch more debates and discussions follow us at: https://twitter.com/geguild
Along the lines of the article posted yesterday, can we measure the benefits of biotechnology in agriculture?
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:
Original NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/…/busi…/gmo-promise-falls-short.html…
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.