Supreme Court rules natural genes not patentable
Jun17

Supreme Court rules natural genes not patentable

Unanimous decision against BRCA breast cancer susceptibility gene patents in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday, June 13th, that Myriad Genomics Inc. may not retain exclusive rights to the use of DNA sequence information for breast cancer associated genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, stating that Myriad had not created anything new...

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Water for the trees
Jun07

Water for the trees

Saving forests from drought as the climate warms By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Drought complicates the big problems afflicting modern forests. Thirsty trees succumb to insects, disease and fire. Water management on forested lands is designed for downstream needs, even when the contributions of forests to clean water and flood control are recognized. Gordon Grant, Christina Tague, and Craig Allen think that mitigating...

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ESA2013 Science Cafe Prize — call for submissions!
Jun01

ESA2013 Science Cafe Prize — call for submissions!

  Have you ever wanted to escape the conference center during the ESA Annual Meeting and talk science with the locals? This August at the 98th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, we are launching a Science Café – a chance to tell local pub-goers about your ecological passions in a casual environment. Science Café puts you within arm’s reach of your audience. The venue encourages lively conversation, both during and after the...

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“Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies”
May23

“Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies”

  Last week, a cicada-like re-emergence of “Bell Curve” claims of a genetic determinacy between intelligence and race surfaced in a Heritage Foundation special report on immigration. The report drew on Jason Richwine’s Harvard dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy.” Amid the furor, the Atlantic’s Ta Nehisi Coates was ready with the history. He wrote in response to Richwine’s apologists, who were...

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the drones are coming
May21

the drones are coming

Unmanned vehicles bring in the data By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer   Earlier this month, a couple of environmental scientists from NOAA and WWF turned up at a symposium on drones in company with journalists, law & order types, engineers, gearheads and think tank fellows. The scientists were on the pro-drone docket. Drones can look for oil spills and tangles of derelict fishing nets, said Robbie Hood, Director of...

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