HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Biotech Creates New Solutions And New Problems

Since recombinant DNA techniques were first developed by University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University scientists in 1973, biotechnology has found commercial application in medicine, food processing and, more recently, agriculture. This year U.S. growers planted 45 million acres of transgenic crops, including herbicide-tolerant, insect- and disease-resistant varieties. But while transgenic crops offer new options for California farmers, they raise questions as well. This issue of California Agriculture explores two of them: how privatization of proprietary rights to key biotechnology will affect public germplasm development, and how the problems of pest resistance may affect the long-term success of larvae-killing transgenic cotton.

Genetic materials ranging from DNA sequences to whole plants, as well as essential biotechnology tools and techniques, are being patented by private and public research entities. At the same time, a series of mergers and acquisitions in the agrochemical and seed industries has led to increasing dominance by a small number of corporations in these fields. Such industrywide changes signal a profound shift in the ownership of life forms and the recombinant DNA tools needed to manipulate them. These changes present problems both for growers of major crops, who find they have an increasingly limited number of suppliers, and growers of minor crops, who may find that transgenic research useful to them is never developed because the potential market is too small.

Plants genetically engineered to produce insecticidal proteins of the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis provide effective, environmentally safe pest control. However, current transgenic crops have in some cases encountered insect resistance, partly because they have been engineered to produce only a single type of Bt insecticidal protein, and partly because as crop plants age they may produce lower amounts of the Bt protein.


'"/>

Contact: Pam Kan-Rice
pamela.kan-rice@ucop.edu
510-987-0043
University of California - Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
22-Dec-1998


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Nanosphere announces genetic detection advance in Nature Biotechnology
2. Leroy Hood to receive 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award
3. Christopher Walsh wins 2004 Promega Biotechnology Research Award
4. Advancing Biotechnology Breakthroughs
5. Bacteriophage genomics approach to antimicrobial drug discovery published in Nature Biotechnology
6. Quark Biotech generates a cholesterol-free mouse
7. Army awards up to $50 million to establish Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
8. US-EC Biotech Task Force keys on research, collaboration
9. Chemical Heritage Foundation and BIO give Biotechnology Heritage Award to William Rutter
10. Biotechnology taught as a tool for teaching
11. Biotech regulations impede crop domestication

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Biotech Creates New Solutions And New Problems

(Date:11/7/2014)... 2014 Leading Biometric companies aim to ... revolutionizing online transactions.  Companies in focus today are: NXT-ID, Inc. ... BABA ), Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG ), ... EBAY ) and MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce ...
(Date:11/6/2014)... because of metastasis, yet progress in preventing and ... "It,s been particularly challenging to design drugs that ... in systems biology at Harvard Medical School. ... they,ve already metastasized." , Gujral and colleagues have ... researchers better understand how metastasis begins. Their findings ...
(Date:11/6/2014)... Baltimore, MD, November 6, 2014 - Insilico Medicine, ... in aging and age related diseases announced a ... medicine of cancer, Champions Oncology, Inc (OTC: CSBR). ... genomics for personalized medicine, but Champions Oncology,s TumorGraft ... can validate the chemotherapy regimen experimentally generating vast ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Universal Authentication Methods Provide More Secure Operations for Biometrics Devices - Company Joins FIDO Alliance for Consumer Protection 2Universal Authentication Methods Provide More Secure Operations for Biometrics Devices - Company Joins FIDO Alliance for Consumer Protection 3Universal Authentication Methods Provide More Secure Operations for Biometrics Devices - Company Joins FIDO Alliance for Consumer Protection 4Universal Authentication Methods Provide More Secure Operations for Biometrics Devices - Company Joins FIDO Alliance for Consumer Protection 5Universal Authentication Methods Provide More Secure Operations for Biometrics Devices - Company Joins FIDO Alliance for Consumer Protection 6Migration negation 2Migration negation 3Insilico Medicine, Inc announces research collaboration with Champions Oncology, Inc 2
(Date:11/24/2014)... 2014   Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT ... and chief executive officer, will present in a fireside chat ... Conference on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ET ... live audio webcast and subsequent replay may be accessed by ... the website at least 15 minutes prior to the live ...
(Date:11/24/2014)... Md. , Nov. 24, 2014  Spherix ... development company committed to the fostering and monetization ... Spherix v. VTech Telecommunications Ltd.,  Case No. 3:13-cv-03494-M ... Case No. 3:13-cv-03496-M, both in the United States ... Texas . On ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... Prominent academics, leaders of the ... December 3rd at Genetic Rx, a networking conference ... take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference ... the present and future of genetic medicines—including siRNA, ... editing—as well as the treatment of patients with ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... MI (PRWEB) November 22, 2014 ... to simulate the proper management of life-like respiratory ... test lung devices . Grand Rapids-based, Michigan Instruments ... to donate two of the respiratory simulation units ... $15,000 each. Grand Valley and Muskegon Community College ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Veracyte to Present at the Piper Jaffray 26th Annual Healthcare Conference 2Markman Hearing Held as Scheduled in VTech and Uniden Cases 2Pioneering Academics and Key Industry Leaders to Discuss Rare Diseases and the Emergence of New Genetic Medicines at Genetic Rx on December 3rd 2Michigan Instruments Donates Two Respiratory Simulation Training and Test Lung (TTL) Devices to Grand Valley State University 2Michigan Instruments Donates Two Respiratory Simulation Training and Test Lung (TTL) Devices to Grand Valley State University 3
Cached News: