The biotechnology industry breathed a deep sign of relief today, as a US Appeals court upheld a company’s controversial patents on genes linked to breast cancer.
Over the past ten years that farmers in India have been planting Bt cotton – a transgenic variety containing genes from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis making it pest resistant – pesticide use has been cut by at least half, a new study shows.
The European partners of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) – a radio telescope in Chile – have finally delivered a radio antenna to the project (press release). And it’s a significant one: the 16th, which means that the telescope’s first original science observations can begin in September.
Italian scientists are exceptionally good at winning European Research Council (ERC) grants. That means a lot, since ERC Starting Grants and Advanced Grants are highly prestigious and unusually lucrative – they can bring up to €3.5 million to the host institute over five years, enough to establish a well-endowed research group.
Gliding from tree-tops in South East Asia, colugos use special flaps of skin between their limbs to move from tree to tree, covering distances of nearly 150 metres in a single glide. But instead of saving energy, the nocturnal lemur-like creatures actually glide to save time, according to a study published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology.