Author Archive: Paulina Ibarra

Paulina was the director of web and new media communications with the Biotechnology Industry Organization from October 2010 - June 2013.

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This Week in Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology

This week in Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology there’s a new weekly round-up blog called This Week in Synthetic Biology . The writer, Abhishek Tiwari writes in his first post, “This was an amazing week for synthetic biology community, part of the reason is the synthetic biology has completed 10 years since the very first synthetically engineered biological oscillator and toggle switch were introduced in journal Nature (sic) in year 2000. So on this eve I Read More >

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GE Rice in China

This week, Singularity Hub writes about Genetically modified or genetically engineered (GE) rice in China. “China grows a lot of rice – about 60 million tonnes a year. It also consumes most of that, only exporting around 1% of its crop. So, high demand for production with little fear of export restrictions? Sounds like a recipe for genetic modification. According to Reuters, China recently approved the commercial use of genetically modified rice and corn to Read More >

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This Week in Industrial Biotechnology

This week according to the New Energy World Network “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Navy are to develop advanced biofuels and other renewable energy systems.” “Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus emphasised how partnering with USDA supports his vision for energy reform. He said, ‘In order to secure the strategic energy future of the United States, create a more nimble and effective fighting force, and protect our planet Read More >

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Weekly Blog Round Up

Biofuels are big in Iowa. So big in fact, that according to domesticfuel.com “Iowa State University will get $8 million of a $78 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to research and develop advanced biofuels.” “These Iowa State research projects are paid for by stimulus bucks … the same money that is funding the $44 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Mo. (…..) and the $34 million (plus $8.4 million Read More >

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This Week in Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology

Can you make fuel out of tobacco? Apparently you can if they’re genetically engineered tobacco plants. According to Alternative Energy, “Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have developed a new method to increase the quantity of oil in tobacco leaves. So that oil in tobacco leaves can be utilized as biofuels in future. Their paper was published in Plant Biotechnology Journal which is an online journal.” Alternative Energy goes on to Read More >

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