Month: September 2013

CAS Shanghai Institutes develop more sensitive acetylcholine esterases based on yeast surface display for food control

A team around Professor Hui WANG used Drosophila AChE and a yeast surface display method to enhance sensitivity of this enzyme towards organophosphorous and carbamate pesticides occuring in food. The study was supported by the Ministry of Health, Beijing. Jinquan Li et al., PLoS ONE 8(9): e72986. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0072986

Data show stimulus need for China’s medical equipment industry

According to data by the national reform commission and the ministry of finance, the growth potential for medical equipment, 42 % of global, is 5-6fold over present level, reaching 53,7 billion USD by 2015. 15.000 Chinese manufacturers had accumulated sales of 200 billion Yuan in 2013. Whereas foreign producers invest 10 % of sales in new product development, Chinese manufacturers are still not innovative enough. A special support fund of 1.5 billion RMB for vitalization of Chinese medical manufacturing industry has been cleared by the government. China Industrial Biotechnology Network, Sept. 29, 2013

BGI Shenzen will establish genome sequencing institute at Sidra, Qatar

Through its partnership with BGI, the largest genome sequencing organization in the world, Sidra will collaborate with and provide support to all biomedical research organizations in Qatar and the middle-East/North African region needing genomic analysis. The agreement places Sidra in the ranks of other BGI partners, all high performing academic centers, in the US and Europe. BGI news release, September 26, 2013

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