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2016
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  • Discorso
  • Zürich

Biohacking or Ecohacking?

LASERZURICH will be featuring three renowned scientists, a synthetic biologist, a microbiological ecologist and a plant ecologist to cross-pollinate their research on the controversial subject of “biohacking or ecohacking?”, moderated by cellular and molecular artist: Prof Dr. Jill Scott.
2016
giu 8
Getreideähren
  • Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
  • Collegium Helveticum
  • Congresso per specialisti
  • Zürich

Neue Technologien in der Pflanzenforschung – eine Alternative zu Pflanzenschutzmitteln?

Bietet die moderne Pflanzenforschung Alternativen zum Einsatz von Pflanzenschutzmitteln? Diese grundlegende Frage möchte das Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center und das Collegium Helveticum auf einer Fachtagung mit namhaften Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Verwaltung diskutieren. Wir möchten Ihnen neuste wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse präsentieren und deren Anwendbarkeit diskutieren. Angesprochen werden Grundsätze der partizipativen Technologieabschätzung und deren Einfluss auf die Meinungsbildung und politische Entscheidungsfindung.
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Illustrazione Teaser Portale Biologia di sintesi
  • Piattaforma di Biologia
  • Laboratorio didattico
  • Lausanne

Summer School 2016

Passion – partage – convivialité : 5 jours de découverte scientifique offerts
par l’Académie suisse des sciences naturelles (SCNAT) aux jeunes curieuses et curieux !

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  • 24.05.2016
  • Piattaforma di Biologia
  • Notizie

A platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics

Scientists present a novel approach for the discovery and manufacture of macorlide antibiotics. It has the potential to become a valuable tool in the arms race against resistant microbes.
Akash Arasu and Ari Sarfatis (Photo: Shem Johnson)
  • 24.05.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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Des jeunes scientifiques prennent position sur le potentiel et les risques de la biologie synthétique

Une nouvelle vidéo du Forum Recherche génétique donne en 7 minutes un aperçu du débat sur la biologie synthétique
Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
  • 20.05.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects

U.S. national academies find biotech crops not harmful to human health and the environment. They conclude that foods from GE crops are as safe as foods from non-GE crops and and that the U.S. regulatory system needs to assess crop varieties based on their individual characteristics, not the way they are produced.
Northern White Rhinoceros (Image: wikipedia)
  • 12.05.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

Forscher wollen das Nördliche Breitmaulnashorn retten

Im Dezember 2015 versammelte sich eine internationale Gruppe von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern in Wien, um das drohende Aussterben des Nördlichen Breitmaulnashorns zu diskutieren und Möglichkeiten zu erörtern, wie dies verhindert werden kann. Die Ideen und Pläne dieses historischen Treffens erscheinen nun im internationalen Fachmagazin Zoo Biology. Die Veröffentlichung ist Teil der fortlaufenden Bemühungen, auf die Aussterbenskrise aufmerksam zu machen, welche die Nashörner und viele andere Arten bedroht. Ziel ist es, vor allem die Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft zu erreichen und so den Austausch und das Sammeln von Informationen voranzubringen.
An interdisciplinary panel of young scientists discusses synthetic biology (Photo: Shem Johnson).
  • 06.05.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

Solution technologique hâtive ou option durable pour l’avenir?

La biologie synthétique fait son entrée dans le marché et commence à susciter une réflexion publique. En février 2016, des jeunes scientifiques ont discuté lors d’une table ronde interdisciplinaire des espoirs, craintes et valeurs associés à cette nouvelle technologie.
Un pommier atteint par le feu bactérien donne l’impression d’avoir brûlé (d’où le nom de la maladie) : les fleurs et les feuilles se fanent et prennent une couleur brunâtre à noire. Photo: Strickhof Winterthur.
  • 04.05.2016
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Coltivazione sperimentale di meli OGM parzialmente autorizzata

Con decisione del 29 aprile 2016 l’Ufficio federale dell’ambiente (UFAM) ha parzialmente autorizzato il centro di competenza della Confederazione per la ricerca agronomica Agroscope di Reckenholz a coltivare a titolo sperimentale dei meli la cui resistenza al fuoco batterico è stata migliorata tramite una modifica genetica. In quanto richiedente, Agroscope deve rimuovere i fiori delle piante al fine di prevenire la dispersione dei pollini cisgenici. Inoltre, deve adottare misure paragonabili a quelle di emissioni sperimentali avvenute nel passato in Svizzera.
  • 15.04.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

Gene-edited CRISPR mushroom escapes US regulation

A fungus engineered with the CRISPR–Cas9 technique can be cultivated and sold without further oversight.
Des jeunes plants de soja poussant dans un champ non labouré. Photo: Tim McCabe, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • 15.04.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, showcasing the global increase in biotech hectarage from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015. This 100-fold increase in just 20 years makes biotechnology the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times, reflecting farmer satisfaction with biotech crops.
Pflanzenspross (Gurke)
  • 12.04.2016
  • Piattaforma di Biologia
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Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is collected by chlorophyll, the same molecule as used in photosynthesis. Combined with a specific enzyme the energy of sunlight now breaks down plant biomass, with possible uses as chemicals, biofuels or other products, that might otherwise take a long time to produce. By increasing production speed while reducing pollution, the discovery has the potential to revolutionize industrial production. The research results have now been published in Nature Communications.
  • 05.04.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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A 10-generation feeding trial with GM ingredients finds no negative impact on Japanese quails

In a long-term experiment over 10 generations, researchers investigated if herbicide-tolerant GM soya or Bt-GM corn negatively affects Japanese quails. Even though some differences were found among the feeding groups, the authors conclude that none could be judged as a negative influence on the birds or final consumer products.
Cross-section through mycoplasma mycoides (Source: Wellcome Images).
  • 29.03.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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Scientists Reduce Genome of Synthetic Cell Down To Genes Essential for Life

Researchers led by J. Craig Venter, founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute, have designed and built a minimal bacterial genome containing only the genes necessary for life. Comprising just 473 genes, it represents a genome smaller than that of any autonomously replicating cell found in nature to date.
  • 21.03.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
  • Notizie

Pression Farming - The farms of the Future

What will the farms of the future look like? A short video by BBSRC provides insights.
agricoltura cotone marocco
  • 16.03.2016
  • Notizie

Suppressing Growth: How GMO Opposition Hurts Developing Nations

Anti-GMO activists have erected barriers to agricultural biotech innovation that could cost the poorest nations on earth up to $1.5 trillion through 2050, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation study reports.
Getreideähren
  • 15.03.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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Rapport de la CENH: Nouvelles techniques de sélection végétale : réflexions éthiques

Différentes nouvelles techniques de sélection végétale développées ces dernières années interviennent sur le génome des plantes pour le modifier. On peut ainsi induire des résistances contre des maladies, des insectes ravageurs ou des herbicides. Si beaucoup de ces procédés en sont encore au stade de la recherche fondamentale, certains sont déjà utilisés pour développer des plantes qui seront bientôt commercialisées.
PET-Flaschen
  • 11.03.2016
  • Forum for Genetic Research
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Bahnbrechende Entdeckung des ersten kunststoffabbauenden Bakteriums

Ein Forschungsteam aus Japan beschreibt in der jüngsten Ausgabe der Zeitschrift „Science“ (11. März 2016) den ersten bekannten Mikroorganismus, der in der Lage ist, den Kunststoff PET abzubauen und komplett stofflich zu verwerten . Die Bedeutung dieser Entdeckung wurde von Prof. Dr. Uwe Bornscheuer (Universität Greifswald) in einem „Perspectives“-Beitrag, der gleichzeitig in Science erschien , als bahnbrechend gewürdigt und eingeordnet.