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Pinoy Scientists Urged to Develop Genetically Modified Coconut

Filipino scientists were urged to develop genetically modified coconut to increase the production of lauric acid, a substance found mainly in coconut oil and is used in making soaps, insecticides and cosmetics.

Dr. Calixto Protacio of the University of the Philippines Los Banos’ Crop Science Cluster said the development of canola with a lauric acid content of 60 percent is threatening the Philippines’ lead in the oils market.

Protacio said local scientists should use the same biotechnological advances for GM canola in coconut, stressing that it offers the "fastest avenue for coconut improvement and makes it possible to target the gene(s) of interest."

Filipino Scientist in Worldwide Search for AIDS vaccine

AIDS VaccineTo discuss the latest advances in prevention of HIV infection and treatment of full-blown AIDS, hundreds of scientists, medical experts and policy makers trooped to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Lost in the shuffle was an e-poster presentation by a group of Japanese and Filipino scientists who are investigating a novel approach to creating a vaccine against HIV.

Filipino Invention to be the Next Big Thing in Green Technology

Filipino inventor, Ismael Aviso of Navotas City, 54, is said to be the next big thing in green technology through his electric vehicle prototype.

Aviso started to be in the line after his appearance over the internet and on the pages in a website known as Pure Energy Systems Wiki (PESWiki).

RP Scientists to Develop Virus Resistant Kamote

To have a genetically modified (GM) kamote (sweet potato) in the next five years, Filipino scientists from Visayas State University (VSU) and the University of the Philippines Los Banos , Institute of plant Breeding (UPLB-IPB) are now working on the development virus resistant sweet potato (VRSP) through agro bacterium-mediated transformation.

Sweet potato is popular cash crop abundantly in more than 12, 500 hectares in the Philippines. Of 15 known sweet-potato viruses worldwide, eight of these can be found in the country.

Young Filipino Scientists to Join BioCamp

To campaign for and acquire more knowledge about biotechnology, DOST (Department of Science and Technology) pushed young Filipino scientists to attend the Novartis Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp), which is slated on July 12 at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Conference Center in Makati City.

Eric van Oppens, president and chief executive officer of Novartis Healthcare Philippines, said that their company wants to improve the quality of Philippine healthcare through Biotechnology since it can give natural solutions to many of the world's crises.

Filipino Innovations in Indonesia

Alexis Belonio, 49 year old, invented a stove powered by rice husk, whose leftover used as a fertilizer or a raw material for fibber cement boards.

Belonio received the associate laureate citation of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise in 2008. He is the first Filipino to get the citation from the luxurious wristwatch brand which annually honors outstanding projects for the poor around the world.

Topacio Receives Nat'l Scientist Award

In pursuant of the Proclamation No. 1762 signed in April 30 this year, the National Scientist Award was given to 84-year-old, Dr. Teodulo M. Topacio Jr. for his outstanding achievement in veterinary medicine and agriculture.

Topacio's studies on leptospirosis, particularly the transmission of the disease from pigs to humans and his research on other animal diseases like bacterial abortion in cattle, parasitic liver disease and virus disease of dogs and tumors in cats are among Topacio's achievements He also led the drafting and lobbying of the proposed Anti-Rabies Bill which was signed by President Arroyo as Anti-Rabies Act 2007.

Pinoy Scientists Awardees Give Courtesy Call to PGMA

With the honor brought by Dr. Lourdes Cruz, Dr. Virgilio Malang, Yasmin Esperitu Malang and Engineer John Judilla in the country, the group presented to President Gloria Arroyo as their courtesy call last May 5.

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