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Genetically modified diamondback moth offers pest control hope

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters –– Scientists in Britain say they have developed a way of genetically modifying and controlling an invasive species of moth that causes serious pest damage to cabbages, kale, canola and other similar crops worldwide. In what they said could be a pesticide-free and environmentally-friendly way to control insect pests, the scientists, from […] Read more

WHO agency says insecticides lindane, DDT linked to cancer

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — The insecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also said that DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) probably causes cancer, with scientific […] Read more

UN team investigates Saudi surge in deadly MERS virus

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters –– An international team of United Nations human and animal health experts has flown to Saudi Arabia to investigate a recent surge in cases of a deadly virus causing Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Speaking from Riyadh on Friday, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization-led team said it was worried by […] Read more

New H7N9 bird flu resists drugs without losing ability to spread

Reading Time: 2 minutes Scientists have found that a mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals. The discovery means that unlike seasonal flu strains, which often become less transmissible when they develop resistance to drugs like […] Read more

Journal withdraws controversial GM corn study

Reading Time: 2 minutes The publisher of a controversial and much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumours in rats has withdrawn the paper after a year-long investigation found it did not meet scientific standards. Reed Elsevier’s Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) journal, which published the study by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini in September 2012, said the retraction […] Read more

Study of human transmission of new bird flu raises worries

Reading Time: 2 minutes The first scientific analysis of probable human-to-human transmission of a deadly new strain of bird flu that emerged in China this year gives the strongest evidence yet that the H7N9 virus can pass between people, scientists said on Wednesday. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analyzing a family cluster of cases of H7N9 […] Read more

Scientists cook world’s first in-vitro beef burger

Reading Time: 3 minutes A corner of west London saw culinary and scientific history made Monday when scientists cooked and served the world’s first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food shortages and help combat climate change, was fried in […] Read more

New bird flu poses ‘serious threat,’ WHO says

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new strain of bird flu causing a deadly outbreak among people in China is a threat to world health and should be taken seriously, scientists said Wednesday. The H7N9 strain has killed 24 people and infected more than 125, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO), which has described it as “one of […] Read more