Genetic breakthrough in Zika battle

(ENGLAND/BRAZIL) A team of international scientists has made a genetic breakthrough that will help in tackling the deadly Zika virus. By sequencing the genetic makeup of Zika, researchers have been able t...

Algae can do pretty much anything

(USA) It would certainly be quicker to list what algae can't do than what it can. The latest breakthrough by three American universities - in sequencing the genome of a type of alga - will support the develo...

‘Genetic roadmap’ to stronger crops

A breakthrough in the sequencing of the sunflower genome could help in developing crops that are better able to adapt to climate change. The sunflower possesses remarkable qualities that allow it to grow and...

Biofuels could be top of the tree

(USA) A research project in America has shown the potential of second generation biofuels made from trees and grasses. The study carried out by a team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University ...

Game-changing cancer treatments

(CANADA) A partnership agreement between Canada's national drug development centre and a leading biotech is to focus on advancing game-changing cancer treatments. Novelogics Biotechnology and the Centre f...

‘The center of the genomics universe’

(USA) California's multi-trillion dollar economy outperforms that of most fully fledged countries. Last year it ranked as the world's sixth largest, according to World Bank GDP statistics. It excels acros...

Genomics key to eliminating disease

(NEW MEXICO) An international team of scientists has made a breakthrough using genomics that could lead to the elimination of a deadly parasitic disease. Second only to malaria, the schistosomiasis diseas...

Eye drop to replace injections

(ENGLAND) A revolutionary new eye drop could soon replace invasive injection treatments in combatting common ocular diseases. Scientists at Birmingham University have developed the eye drop, which could b...

India to grow $100bn biotech sector

India has set a target of building a biotech industry worth $100 billion by 2025. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), part of India's Ministry of Science and Technology, met recently to discuss a roadmap ...

Hawaii harnesses flower power

(MAUI) The Hawaiian island of Maui is spearheading the state's largest biofuel crop project. Pacific Biodiesel is growing biofuel crops - including sunflowers - across a 115-acre farm site running off 100...