Friday, May 11, 2012

Your News and Notes for Friday May 11, 2012

FDA nanotechnology draft guidance represents 'marginal progress' – petition group Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact substances represents only “marginal progress” towards regulation of the technology, a petition group has claimed. Read more.

Recruitment For Historic, Nationwide Vitamin D Trial
Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are now in the spotlight for their potential ability to prevent disease. Many Americans, especially African Americans, are not getting enough of these nutrients, according to data from national surveys. Both nutrients can be found in fish, some fortified foods, and supplements, while vitamin D can also be produced from sunlight (ultraviolet-B light). To learn more or to see if you are eligible to participate, call 1-800-388-3963 or visit

NSF grant will help scientists uncover hidden soybean genes
Online Athens--  Soybeans are the world's largest single source of vegetable protein and edible oil, already used to make livestock feed, soymilk, tofu, adhesives, alternative fuels, disinfectants, plastics and particleboard. Using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Georgia researcher Wayne Parrott hopes to uncover more uses for the popular legume.Read more.

Why Amyris Is Giving Up on Biodiesel, For Now
Technology Review-- Amyris, a company that uses synthetic biology to make alternatives to conventional petroleum products, recently decided to wind down its biofuels business and focus on selling higher-value products such as cosmetics. Read more.

EFSA Statement on the safety of the “conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) rich oils” Clarinol® and Tonalin® TG 80 as Novel Food ingredients
Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to update its opinions on the safety of the conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)-rich oils Clarinol® and Tonalin® TG 80 as Novel Food ingredients in the light of additional information provided by Member States to the European Commission. Read more.

Abstract Alerts

Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum beta-glucosidase: a glucose-tolerant enzyme with high specific activity for cellobiose
Pei J, Pang Q, Zhao L, Fan S, Shi H. Biotechnology for Biofuels 2012, 5:31 (9 May 2012). Read the abstract.

GMO detection using a bioluminescent real time reporter (BART) of loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) suitable for field use
Guy Kiddle, Patrick Hardinge, Neil Buttigieg, Olga Gandelman, Clint Pereira, Cathal J McElgunn, Manuela Rizzoli, Rebecca Jackson, Nigel Appleton, Cathy Moore, Laurence C Tisi and James AH Murray. BMC Biotechnology 2012, 12:15. Published: 30 April 2012. Read the abstract.

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