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U.S. firm to stop selling China equipment for minority DNA database

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Following a report in The New York Times which noted the 'help of American expertise' in China's campaign of surveillance, Thermo Fisher says it will no longer sell its equipment in Xinjiang

THERMO FISHER. A 2009 picture of the Thermo Fisher headquarters at the time. Photo by Coolcaesar at en.wikipedia

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major vaccine scandal

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:27 PM

China says more than 80 other provincial or local officials linked to the major vaccine scandal are either demoted or fired

CHINA'S VACCINE SCANDAL. A container used for clinical waste is seen at a private clinic that performs vaccinations in Hong Kong on July 24, 2018. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Viral post inflames public anger in China vaccine scandal

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The furor over alleged shady dealings by a major vaccine producer shatters an already fragile trust in regulators and illustrated the rising frustrations of China's increasingly sophisticated consumers

CHINA'S VACCINE SCANDAL. A container used for clinical waste is seen at a private clinic that performs vaccinations in Hong Kong on July 24, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Chinese president calls latest pharma scare 'vile'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The mounting scandal stemming from a sub-standard rabies vaccine raises questions about the safety of China's entire vaccine industry and sends drug company shares tumbling

PHARMA SCARE. Vials containing the vaccine for rabies are seen as a local market supervisory authority official conducts a check at a hospital in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. Photo by AFP

Nanobots treat cancerous tumors in tests conducted on mice – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The nano-sized DNA robots are injected into the bloodstream to deploy blood-clotting drugs that choke the cancerous tumor out, preventing further growth

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UPLB students win award for promoting agriculture

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Promoting agriculture, students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) bag the 2018 Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Award

LAKBIOTEKNOLOHIYA. UP GRAINS representative Albert Caraan receives Lenovo Tech Visionary Award during TAYO Awarding Ceremonies on Thursday, February 22 at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel. Photo by Keb Cuevas/Rappler

#InspireCourage: UP grad from Marawi dreams of building PH biotech industry

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:34 PM

You have to have many scientists – Filipino scientists – who are passionate about the country and those who do not forget their country says Arman Ali Ghodsinia

On Rappler Talk on Thursday, 3:30 pm, June 29, UP honors students Arman Ali Ghodsinia and his sister, Farah, talk about the plight and aspirations of their fellow Maranaos as the fight rages in their hometown

Rappler Talk: UP summa cum laude from Marawi on breaking barriers, pushing for peace

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:39 PM

On Rappler Talk on Thursday 3:30 pm June 29 Ghodsinia talks to MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz about the Maranao people – their plight and aspirations – from the point of view of the youth Bookmark this page

UP student who hails from Marawi to deliver valedictory speech

Jun 21, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The 22 year old graduating student will speak on behalf of 36 summa cum laude students and 4 000 graduates

PROUD MARANAO. UP student Arman Ali Ghodsinia is expected to deliver the valedictory address during the 106th commencement exercise in UP Diliman. Photo from UP Diliman Information Office

WATCH: Helping farmers through agricultural biotechnology

Mar 06, 2017 - 6:59 AM

The UP Genetic Researchers and Agricultural Innovators Society strives to uphold awareness on the ways means and science behind agricultural biotechnology to help students and farmers alike

Will gene editing end the worldwide problem of malaria?

Oct 10, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Gene editing Biotechnology may bring about an end to malaria but will it have unforeseen effects down the line?

MOQUITO RESEARCH. Lab technicians conducting mosquito research at Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Photo from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

SC ban on Bt talong trials 'affects research, agri industry'

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:45 AM

We all know that everything we do involves risks and the only way to know that something is safe is through tests and studies says a group of agricultural biotechnology students

STOPPED. The Supreme Court stops field testing for Bt talong and other GMOs. Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler

David SyCip: The visionary ideas behind ASEAN integration

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:24 AM

UPDATED A look at the ideas that influenced the creation of the ASEAN single market through the thoughts and writings of local visionary David SyCip

VISIONARY. David SyCip, business leader and one of the early proponents of an ASEAN community. Photo courtesy of the SyCip family

3 types of rice ready for climate change

Nov 25, 2014 - 8:02 AM

New types of rice can survive drought floods and salt water intrusion – all impacts of climate change

Scientists build 'mini-stomachs' in lab

Oct 30, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Called gastric organoids the lab dish tissue comprises buds of cells that are a miniature version of the stomach the researchers say

Frame grab from video courtesy Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Biotech firm's GM mosquitoes to fight dengue in Brazil

Aug 27, 2014 - 10:21 AM

Brazil would be the first country to use genetically modified mosquitoes large scale or to allow commercial sales in the fight against dengue

PROMISE VS DENGUE. A researcher examines transgenic Aedes aegypti mosquitos kept in cages to collect their eggs, at a laboratory of biotech company Oxitec, in Campinas, Brazil, on August 21, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

The long, slow march of 'biofortified' genetically modified food

Jul 09, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Research into biofortified food has looked at boosting levels of important micronutrients in rice banana cassava and corn but progress has also been slow

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

US campaigners hope to engineer GMO labeling laws

Jul 07, 2014 - 1:44 PM

A fight is sprouting over whether consumers should be told more about what s in their grocery bags

LABELED. A file photo taken on October 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California shows labels on bags of snack foods indicating they are non-GMO (genetically modified organism) food products. Robyn Beck/AFP

Why does Europe hate genetically modified food?

Jul 06, 2014 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED With new European Union rules that now seek to clear up years of internal deadlock that could in theory lead to widespread cultivation of GM foods is Europe about to change its mind?

GMO HATE. People protests against the authorization of genetically modified (GM) maize with signs and banners reading 'Stop GMO Maize 1507 ', 'Only a NO can protect us' and 'No to GMO Maize 1507' in front of the Federal Chancellor's Office in Berlin, Germany, 05 February 2014. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Rice 'app' saves flooded farms

May 28, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Through climate smart varieties a scientist says rice will be the entry point to escape from poverty

FARMERS' LOSSES. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Why I support Golden Rice

Oct 22, 2013 - 9:02 AM

I believe that the best way forward for Philippine agriculture is not to dismiss GMOs outright but to see how we can best use them to our advantage

Michael Purugganan, Dean for Science, New York University

Science wRap: Warm Earth, wet Mars, 'Bad' chemistry

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:54 PM

In this week s Science wRap: Big climate and Mars news deadly giant hornets and fake but based on real life meth making

CA upholds GM eggplant field trials ban

Sep 26, 2013 - 3:21 PM

CA ruling: Bt talong eggplant field trials violate the people’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology

File photo of eggplants, Aug 8 2013. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

PH most 'GMO-friendly' country in Southeast Asia?

Sep 14, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Environmentalists farmers are alarmed over continuing approvals of GMOs by the government

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY? Golden Rice, currently undergoing field trials in the Philippines, is supposed to be the world's answer to Vitamin A deficiency. Photo from International Rice Research Institute

Yum! World's first lab-grown burger served in London

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Proponents of test tube meat cite a variety of reasons for why it is worth supporting from animal welfare to the environment and even public health

100% LAB GROWN. A burger made from cultured beef, on the hand of Maastricht University's Professor Mark Post. Photo by PA Wire/David Parry