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France - On February 7, 2020 The Council of State rendered a decision to reconcile French law with European directive 2001/18 of March 12, 2001 relating to the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the environment. 'Deliberate release' is an important distinction, as we shall see. In October of 2016, the Confédération paysanne and eight associations asked preliminary questions at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) about other forms of genetic engineering. The questions, according to the interpretation of the request made by the Council of State “[c]…
One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do not belong to our own species. The approximately six billion people on Earth whose recent ancestry is not from Africa will have inherited between 1% and 2% of their genome from our closest but now extinct relatives: the Neanderthals. East Asians and Oceanians have also inherited a small amount of ancestry from the Denisovans, another close relative of Homo Sapiens. Now a new study, published in Science…
An Open Letter to AAAS Science Magazine from members of the SeTA (Science and Technology for Agriculture, www.setanet.it) network. *** In a recent letter to Science, Peng et al. (2020)[1] argue that the USA and the European Union (EU) should enact a total ban on glyphosate on the grounds that it causes “a cascade of neuro-endocrine disruption to the development, physiology, and behaviour of honeybees” and that “some evidence has indicated that glyphosate could promote (sic) cancer in humans”. Consequently, they call for “natural and ecological weedkilling alternatives and less intensive…

Agriculture

France - On February 7, 2020 The Council of State rendered a decision to r

Chemistry

Neonicotinoid pesticides, chemically similar to nicotine in the tobacco plant, which many insects do not like, are seed treatments created to protect plants when they are most vulnerable to pests.

Culture

One of the more startling discoveries arising from genomic sequencing of ancient hominin DNA is the realisation that all humans outside Africa have traces of DNA in their genomes that do no

Biology

More than two years have passed since the detection of what is arguably the most damaging tree pest ever to arrive in South Africa: the polyphagous shot hole borer (Euwallacea fornicatus

Physics

Dark matter is abundant in the universe, and even though we can't detect it is by far the most common form of matter, making up about 85 percent of the universe's total.

Environment

For decades habitat loss has been the key threat for wildlife in tropical rainforest ecosystems but a new study finds that ground dwelling mammal and bird communities are more impacted by illegal hunting using indiscriminate snares than they are c

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