Rothamsted Research Plants Autumn-sown Wheat as Part of its GM Field Trial
News Jun 18, 2013
Rothamsted Research has been granted permission by Defra to extend its current GM wheat field trial to include additional autumn-sown cadenza wheat. This will give additional data under a more diverse range of environmental conditions.
Rothamsted submitted a request to Defra on March 25th, which was assessed by the independent Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), and by members of the public through a 60-day consultation period. ACRE is satisfied that all scientific issues raised by the public with respect to this application have been addressed.
Bird and Turtle Chromosomes Help Identify Dinosaur DNANews
Researchers have used bird and turtle DNA to extrapolate the chromosome structure of their common ancestor that lived around 260 million years ago – 20 million years before the dinosaurs first emerged. They were then able to trace the evolution of avian and non-avian dinosaur DNA through to the present day.
Over 130 Glaucoma Gene Variants Could Help Predict BlindnessNews
An international study has identified 133 genetic variants that could help predict the risk of developing glaucoma, the world’s leading cause of incurable blindness. The findings are an advance in the fight to tackle the incurable, degenerative condition, which has virtually no symptoms in the early stages, and could lead to a genetic-based screening program.READ MORE
Fungi Hunting Goes Hi-TechNews
A researcher is developing tools that allow foragers to collect data on environmental conditions while they hunt for fungi. Designs include a walking stick that stores samples of dirt and a glove that takes soil moisture readings when you dip your fingers into the earth.READ MORE