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EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

A report out today is calling for the equivalent of Nice – the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – for developments in crop technologies. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee also says the government should encourage more public debate around developments in crop technologies It recommends forming a ‘citizens council’ for…Read more EU’s rules on genetically improved crops a ‘threat’ to developments in agriculture, say MPs

Alice Roberts, Brian Cox, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Greg Foot

Science has taken the world by storm. Now it’s plants’ turn.

Growing up, science was always seen as a nerdy subject. If you liked science, the kind of science that didn’t revolve around setting fire to things in chemistry, then you were a bit weird. Then something changed. Science became cool. The portrayal of science in the media first began to shift during the late 1990s…Read more Science has taken the world by storm. Now it’s plants’ turn.

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Conserving our crops’ genetic diversity

More than 22 years have passed since the Convention on Biological Diversity was signed. It called for international efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity, which had long been suffering the effects of human activities. Since then, there has been a lot of debate over what the best way of securing this biodiversity is. But really, there…Read more Conserving our crops’ genetic diversity

Eight great technologies

The UK is an important player in academic research worldwide. This includes being one of the world leaders in many emerging scientific fields. The UK government has recognised eight fields as Eight Great Technologies – technologies that, with support, can lead to UK strengths and business capabilities. In the 2012 autumn statement, £600m was put into…Read more Eight great technologies

Are you a typical biologist?

The market research company YouGov has released a new tool for profiling users of brands and services. The web-based app, called the YouGov Profiler, shows the "quintessential member" of each group – readers of particular newspapers, for example. The app also profiles people based on their interests in particular subjects. Let's assume, then, that the common interest…Read more Are you a typical biologist?

Reaching gender equality in science

The Athena SWAN award is a UK scheme set up to recognise commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in academia. The scheme has been running for several years with Universities and their departments applying for recognition at bronze, silver or gold level. In 2012 a pilot scheme was set…Read more Reaching gender equality in science

Genetically modified foods: would you eat a purple tomato?

In the past week there has been a lot of press coverage about genetically modified foods. The first of these was a proposal made by Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire to carry out field trials on plants engineered to produce the omega-3 oils that are usually found in fish. The second of these was a farm…Read more Genetically modified foods: would you eat a purple tomato?