Friday, September 21, 2012

News and Notes for Friday September 21, 2012

AB SCIEX and UOW Collaborate to Advance Lipid Analysis
At the 19th annual International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC) a research partnership to develop lipid analysis capabilities, including the most definitive and comprehensive identification of double bond position in lipid was announced. The agreement provides AB SCIEX an exclusive license to UOW's "OzID" intellectual property, a patented technology which allows scientists to understand lipid structure faster and with better granularity than currently available alternatives. Read the news release at MarketWatch.

Argentina to put sliding-scale tax on biodiesel exports
Argentina will apply a sliding-scale tax to its multibillion- dollar biodiesel exports, modifying a recent tax hike that drew strong complaints from local producers. Read more at Reuters.

For good health, treat fats and oils with TLC
Nutrition columnist Carrie Dennett provides some tips on caring for your healthful oils. Read more from the Seattle Times.

Millions of Europeans still at heart disease risk from trans fat
Millions of Europeans are still at increased risk of heart disease due to consumption of artificial trans fatty acids, according to a new pan-European review published in BMJ Open. Read more from FoodNavigator.

New TV show to target ‘lies’ told by some food manufacturers
Major food manufacturers which tell marketing “lies” and are “only concerned with the bottom line” will be exposed in a new TV series, one of its presenters has vowed. Read more from FoodNavigator.

Support of a Prohibition of BASF GM Potato EH92-527-1 for Cultivation Purposes in Luxembourg
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms has examined a document submitted by Luxembourg to justify a prohibition and concluded that "... no grounds exist to date that would lead to reconsideration of its opinion on GM potato EH92-527-1 [as] Luxembourg did not provide any new or additional information made available since the date of consent for this GM event that would affect the environmental risk assessment or the reassessment of existing information on the basis of new or additional scientific knowledge. New data specific to the safety of the nptII gene have not been provided ..."  Read the EFSA Scientific Opinion (.pdf). Additional information about the EFSA Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) is available at

Lab mishaps:Why Scary Lab Accidents Happen
Blogger Enrico Uvadiscusses lab accidents as well as offers advice on the best way to minimize risk. Read more from Science 2.0.


AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Call for Papers Opens
The meeting program will feature invited presentations, volunteer oral presentations, and volunteer poster presentations. Sessions fill early. Don’t miss the opportunity to present your research to colleagues. Preliminary Abstract and Forum Proposal Deadline: October 15. View the Annual Meeting website and submit your abstract.

Attending the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo? Join the event on Facebook
Join the Annual Meeting event on Facebook in order to see who is attending as well as to be reminded of conference events and deadline. See the event page.

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