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Food Safety News | Food Recall & Food Poisoning Information & Alerts Physical Review Letters  Synthetic Biology "Synthetic biology" is an umbrella term that refers to a new set of powerful techniques for manipulating the fundamental molecular structures of life, including genes, genomes, cells and proteins. Techniques being developed under the "synthetic biology" rubric include the modification of existing bacteria to produce useful substances or perform new functions, the creation of novel artificial organisms from "scratch," and — less noted to date — the modification of animal and human genes. Synthetic biologists foresee a host of human applications, including new methods to produce drugs, biofuels and vaccines; to diagnose, prevent and cure disease; and — far more controversially — to screen, select, and modify genes for specified traits in embryos, children, and adults. Nonetheless, the field remains in its early days, and separating hype from real potential remains difficult. Such prospects raise concerns for social justice, human rights, and equality.

Food Safety Small processors face hit from hygiene charges 11-Apr-2014 - Small food processors would pay for hygiene inspections under proposed EU rules after seeming exempt, and time is running out to block this, according to Bob Salmon, director, Food Solutions. Food safety conference to arm delegates with key advice 04-Apr-2014 - Arming manufacturers with the key information they need to manage food and drink safety risks is the aim of the Food Manufacture Group’s one-day conference – Safe and legal food in a changing world – due to take place on Wednesday, October 15 2014, at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Foodex 2014 Boost FSA powers to improve food safety: Lord Rooker 26-Mar-2014 - The government should urgently restore responsibility to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for food competition and adulteration in order to improve food safety, according to its former boss Jeff Rooker. Rapid surface chilling yields results in trials Research investigates alcohol’s role in allergy

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hotonthweb April 22, 2014 China / Hot Issues China's police chief stresses Xinjiang stability Chinese Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun has called for improved combat ability and precautionary measures to fight terrorism to ensure sustained social stability in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China. Singer Tan's agent says absence due to childbirth The agent of Army singer Tan Jing has denied speculation of the artist's involvement in the Party's anti-graft investigations of a senior official. Penalty enhanced foreating rare animals Those who eat endangered species at restaurants might receive criminal punishment, according to a draft under review this week. 8 policemen probed for allegedly harboring prostitution Eight police officers in central China's Henan Province are being investigated over suspicions that they harbored the prostitution business of a local nightclub. Teacher receives suspended death for raping pupils Officials, businesses seek to aid tea trade Photo Highlights Special

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