Quick Reads

Stop The Gene Bomb! ETC Group Comment on NAS Report on Gene Drives

First study on gene drive governance avoids the explosive issues: Militarization, Commercialization, Food Security. ETC Group urges that gene drive patents and governance be handed to the United Nations.

Coming in at over 200 pages, today’s National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, 'Gene Drives on the Horizon’ is weighty but disappointing. It fails to properly address three of the most pressing issues raised by the controversial new technology of CRISPR-CAS9 gene drives. Dubbed, the ‘mutagenic chain reaction’ by its inventors, RNA-guided gene drives are a high-leverage synthetic biology technology invented only last year.

Craig Venter pone un huevo de Pascua

Después de seis años, Sintia resucita

Craig Venter, el arrogante billonario, conocido como el chico malo de las biociencias, anunció que su equipo logró producir Synthia 3.0, la forma de vida autorreplicante más simple que puede existir, creada totalmente por seres humanos, lo cual tiene serias implicaciones científicas y comerciales y cero consideraciones bioéticas.

Craig Venter Lays an Easter Egg

Six Years in the Making, “Synthia” is Resurrected

Synthetic Biology, according to its proponents, is moving at five times the pace of Moore’s law – basically doubling its capabilities and halving its costs every four months. Except that brash billionaire Craig Venter, often dubbed Bioscience’s Bad Boy, is no Gordon Moore. Venter has just announced that his team has produced Synthia 3.0 – the simplest human-made and self-replicating lifeform ever. Synthia 1.0 was announced – after years of delays – in 2010 and its second coming in this new form has been awaited ever since. Synthia 2.0 slipped by without notice – apparently not much to talk about – but this new version is being hailed by at least some synthetic biology scientists as a breakthrough.

L'avenir de l'alimentation mondiale sous l'emprise des multinationales aux Nations unies

Plus de 100 organisations de la société civile tirent la sonnette d’alarme à l'ouverture de la réunion de la FAO sur les biotechnologies

(Rome, lundi 15 février 2016) Juste au moment où les entreprises de biotechnologie qui fabriquent les semences transgéniques renforcent leur contrôle du commerce mondial, la FAO leur offre une tribune pour appuyer leur vision.

Fusión entre Syngenta y ChemChina

¡Las Seis Grandes se convierten en trío!

Por 10 años seis multinacionales han controlado el 75% de las semillas híbridas y del negocio de plaguicidas. Dow y DuPont acordaron fusionarse y ahora la empresa paraestatal China, ChemChina está adquiriendo Syngenta. Eso significa que Monsanto necesita una fusión urgente para mantenerse en el juego. ¿O será que el juego está por terminarse?


And soon there will be three. Joy of six heads towards a “ménage à trois”

For a decade, six multinationals have controlled 75% of the world’s high-tech seeds and pesticides businesses. Late last year, Dow and DuPont agreed to merge and now state-owned ChemChina is buying Syngenta for $43 billion. This means that Monsanto needs a merger to stay in the game. Or, is the game about to be called?