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Scientists chart course toward a new world of synthetic biology

A team has compiled a roadmap for the future of synthetic or engineering biology, based on the input of 80 leaders in the field from more than 30 institutions. The report provides a strong case that the federal government should invest in this area, not only to improve public health, food crops and the environment, but also to fuel the economy and maintain the country’s leadership in synthetic/engineering biology.

8 mind-boggling dolphin facts

Dolphins never cease to amaze. As researchers delve into the underwater world of these brilliant cetaceans, we’re learning how full of surprises these creatures are, from their intricate social lives to their intelligence. Here are just some of the ways…

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Call to arms: how can Australia avoid a slow and painful decline?

Australia is at a crossroads. Drift towards a future of slow decline economically and socially or, if action is taken now to address our most important challenges, create a future of greater prosperity for all, globally competitive industries and a…

UMass Amherst cell biologist chosen for Pew Scholars Biomedical Research Program

(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin is one of 22 early-career researchers selected for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced Friday, June 14, 2019.

Climate change seen posing threat to global peace in next 10 years – Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate change poses a threat to peace in countries around the world in the coming decade, according to an annual peace index released on Wednesday that factored in the risk from global warming for the…

CABI to create the world’s first global burden of crop pests and diseases

(CABI) CABI has received a US $200,000 grant from the Grand Challenges program, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to begin an ambitious undertaking to capture and measure the global impacts of crop pests and diseases with the ultimate aim of helping to improve global food security.

Climate change seen posing threat to global peace in next 10 years – Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly a billion people live in areas at high risk from global warming and about 40% are in countries already struggling with conflict, says Institute for Economics and Peace By Sonia Elks LONDON, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate…