News archives - Year 2005
Biotech, Consultation: EU consults on draft tissue-engineering regulation
As part of plans to put in place regulations to govern the tissue- engineering sector at the EU level, the European Commission is winding up a public consultation on a draft regulation it has drawn up.
Opinion, Survey: Eurobarometer dissects European public opinion of S&T
Eurobarometer - the gauge of European public opinion - has just released the results of two surveys that delve into public perceptions of science and technology. They deliver interesting insights for the life sciences and the biotech sector.
Conference, Preview: Making the bio-economy blossom
Preparations are already well underway for a milestone Commission-hosted conference in September which seeks to chart a course forward for the emerging high-tech bio-economy that will help nourish European economic growth for years to come.
Biotechnology, study: Report explores how European and US biotech measure up
An industry study comparing the biotechnology sector on both sides of the Atlantic has found that European biotech is as dynamic as its US counterpart but suffers from a lack of financing.
R&D, Policy: EIROforum plots a course for European research
An alliance of seven European intergovernmental research bodies, EIROforum, has hammered out a proposal for the future of EU-backed research.
Stem Cells, Medicine: Stem cells help patients see again
A team of doctors in the UK has pioneered a process using donated adult stem cells to restore the eyesight of numerous patients.
Stem cells, Diabetes: Insulin-producing white blood cells offer hope for diabetics
European scientists have successfully encouraged human white blood cells to produce insulin - a breakthrough that could pave the way for new, more effective treatment for diabetes.
FP7, Review: Commission launches proposal for future Framework Programme
After months of consultations, the European Commission has unveiled its ambitious plans for the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) - which include a major focus on the life sciences.
ETHICS, FP7: Strict ethical code to govern forthcoming framework programme
EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik has noted that the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) will be subject to the same strict ethical considerations as its predecessor.
Tissue, Legislation: European Parliament seeks ban to curb 'mail order' human eggs
The European Parliament has called for a ban on the trade in human egg cells following media reports alleging that 'mail order' eggs were being brought in from outside the Union.
Renewable Energy, Biofuels: Commission consults stakeholders on its Biomass Action Plan
Stakeholders have until the end of March to participate in the Commission's public consultation to help shape a Biomass Action Plan for bringing the EU closer to its renewable energy targets.
Authorisation, GMOs: GM maize held up despite EFSA all-clear
For the first time, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a clean bill of health for the growing of a genetically modified (GM) maize variety in the EU. However, experts from Member States have yet to authorise the crop.
Genetics, diets: Exploring how diet and genes affect our waistlines
In a bid to improve the science underpinning public health, the €14.5 million EU-backed DiOGenes project was recently launched to find out how diet and genetic factors conspire to cause obesity.
Research, ethics: European ethicists face the future together
Ethicists and policy-makers from across Europe recently converged on Brussels to find common ethical ground for future European research.
Policy, funding: Parliament backs Commission’s FP7 vision
A European Parliament committee has endorsed the European Commission’s vision for the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), particularly its call to double EU-backed research funding.
Consultation, Policy: Expert group recommends breathing new spirit into the life sciences
After four years of stimulating debate and raising awareness, the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS) has delivered its final review of the future of the life sciences in Europe.
Research, Cancer: Childhood cancer rising in Europe, study finds
An EU-funded project has revealed that the incidence of cancer among children and adolescents in Europe - although still rare - has been rising steadily over the past three decades.
Competitiveness, Pharma: EU policy can help reverse global dip in pharmaceutical innovation - report
Streamlined regulations and swifter market access would help lift ailing innovation in the European pharmaceutical sector which has been grappling with higher costs, lower returns and industry restructuring, a new EU report says.