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News archives - Year 2003

October 2003

Agriculture, Guidelines: Council of Ministers seeks common ground over crop coexistence (22 October 2003)
Europe’s top court has ruled in a dispute between Italy and a US biotech giant that Rome can keep in place its ban on certain GM products but only if it can provide clear proof of a public health risk. The decision has prompted both to claim victory in the row.

Biotech, Legislation: Council urges Member States to act on Commission's biotechnology strategy (22 October 2003)
Europe’s top court has ruled in a dispute between Italy and a US biotech giant that Rome can keep in place its ban on certain GM products but only if it can provide clear proof of a public health risk. The decision has prompted both to claim victory in the row.

Genetics, Legislation: Competitiveness Council hears case for stem cell guidelines (22 October 2003)
Europe’s top court has ruled in a dispute between Italy and a US biotech giant that Rome can keep in place its ban on certain GM products but only if it can provide clear proof of a public health risk. The decision has prompted both to claim victory in the row.

September 2003

Agriculture, legislation: Italy’s no to designer food upheld – for now (18 September 2003)
Europe’s top court has ruled in a dispute between Italy and a US biotech giant that Rome can keep in place its ban on certain GM products but only if it can provide clear proof of a public health risk. The decision has prompted both to claim victory in the row.

Biotechnology, event: new forum offers to bring biotech firms together (18 September 2003)
A scientific publisher, a biotechnology website and an industry association have banded together to offer biotech firms a matchmaking service that will help them locate industrial and financial partners.

Genetics, research: Europe leads effort to crack secrets of brain (18 September 2003)
European scientists will lead an international team that has set its mind on uncovering the intricate mysteries of the human brain in order to advance our knowledge and shed light on degenerative diseases.

Agriculture, legislation: no ban on GM crops for Austria, rules Commission (05 September 2003)
In a landmark decision, the European Commission has rejected an Austrian region’s request to ban genetically modified crops and become a GM-free zone, arguing that such a moratorium contravenes the EU Treaty.

Genetics, disease: new cancer gene uncovered (05 September 2003)
Scientists have identified what they believe is the most common cancer-linked gene which can raise the risk of cancer by more than a quarter. Researchers hope it will pave the way to the development of better screening and treatment techniques.

Research, disease: carving out a role for Africa in the fight against communicable diseases (05 September 2003)
Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin was in Africa last week to bring African partners onboard an ambitious €600 million joint research initiative aimed at tackling those communicable diseases that threaten the continent’s well-being.

August 2003

Genetics, networking: researchers join forces in international stem cell forum (04 August 2003)
Scientists from a dozen countries have agreed to break down borders and pool their efforts in order to sharpen the cutting edge of the fledgling field of stem cell research.

Research, funding: rich pickings for European food researchers (04 August 2003)
The European Commission’s sixth framework programme (FP6) has reaped a bumper crop of food quality and safety research projects worth over €150 million in 2003.

Agriculture, guidelines: preparing the ground for crop co-existence (04 August 2003)
The European Commission has recommended a set of measures designed to ensure the ‘co-existence’ of genetically modified (GM), conventional and biological crops aimed at maximising the choice available to European farmers and consumers.

July 2003

Genetics, legislation: long awaited embryo research guidelines revealed (10 July 2003)
The European Commission has unveiled its long-awaited proposals for an ethical framework to regulate the use of human embryos in EU-funded research.

Disease, research: scientists uncover genetic key to ovarian cancer (3 July 2003)
UK researchers have found a gene that may have the power to arrest the spread of ovarian cancer, the ‘silent killer’ threatening thousands of European women each year.

Biotech, Legislation: New labelling rules may mark end of GMO moratorium (3 July 2003)
The European Parliament has approved tough new rules on the labelling and planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that could pave the way to the lifting of current restrictions on GM foods.

June 2003

Biotech, Legislation: EU gives green light to GMO visas (30 June 2003)
The European Union has adopted new legislation on the cross-border movement of genetically modified organisms to promote transparency in the GMO trade and buttress a new international treaty.

Science, Society: Mapping public understanding of scientific knowledge (30 June 2003)
The scientific knowledge of UK citizens is ‘patchy’, but increased media coverage is not the answer, finds a new report.

Genetics, Research: US Senate hears alternatives to embryonic stem cells (30 June 2003)
As the controversy surrounding therapeutic cloning continues in the United States, scientists told the US Senate that viable alternatives to human embryonic stem cell research could help sidestep the related ‘moral issues’.

Medicine, Regulations: EU legislation for human tissue and cells overcomes latest hurdle (12 June 2003)
EU health ministers have paved the way for a directive setting tougher European standards for the safe and ethical use of human tissue and cells – which play a crucial role in modern medicine.

Agriculture, sustainability: Commission to release guidelines on crop 'co-existence' (12 June 2003)
The European Commission will release in July its long-awaited strategy recommendations for managing the ‘co-existence’ of genetically modified (GM), conventional and organic crops.

Education, training: back to school for biology teaches (12 June 2003)
Biology teachers from across Europe gathered in Germany for the first in a series of EU-backed workshops. Pencils in hand, they learnt more about the latest developments in the life sciences and how to bring them into the classroom school lab.

Genetics, Public Perception: Public health fears at root of GMO opposition (12 June 2003)
Fears over food safety and a deepening distrust of agribusiness are to blame for the European public’s disquiet towards genetically modified organisms, a recent report has found.

May 2003

Research, ethics: DG Research report launches debate on human embryonic stem cell research (29 May 2003)
DG Research has released a report on the various issues surrounding human embryonic stem cell research as its contribution to the inter-institutional debate on EU funding of such research.

Agriculture, sustainability: round-table looks for common ground on GM crop 'co-existence' (15 May 2003)
A recent expert roundtable explored the scientific issues surrounding the ‘co-existence’ of genetically modified (GM), conventional and organic farming systems and how to avoid unintentional mixing.

April 2003

Living with GM crops (15 April 2003)
The European Commission recently held a policy discussion on how to ensure the ‘co-existence’ of genetically modified, conventional and organic crops. The goal is to make sure that Europeans have the choice of what food they eat and plant.

March 2003

Health, Legislation: Council of Ministers approves GMO regulations (24 March 2003)
The Council of Ministers approved, with a qualified majority, new legislation governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aiming to protect public health and ensure consumer choice.

Towards ethical research in developing countries (12 March 2003)
An independent group of European ethicists has welcomed EU efforts to combat poverty related diseases in developing countries, but has stressed the importance of ensuring that clinical research is carried out to the same high standards as in industrialised countries.

Tissue Engineering: Researchers crack problem of building artificial bone (12 March 2003)
Tissue engineers can already construct entire sheets of human skin. An EU-backed project may have come up with a novel solution to the meatier problem of building artificial bone, which can potentially benefit the 2.5 million people worldwide who undergo bone-related surgery every year.

Gene mutation may contain secret to long life (12 March 2003)
Researchers have identified a genetic mutation that is far more common in centenarians than in younger people. They hope this discovery will shed light on how we grow old.



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