Tapping our microbiomes for new health treatments

Fecal transplants for treating gut diseases were the first reported therapies based on the idea that the human microbiome is inextricably linked to our health. Now, as researchers further flesh out this connection, dozens ...

World Food Prize goes to 3 biotech scientists

This year's World Food Prize is going to a Belgian scientist and two researchers in the United States for their innovations that brought the world genetically modified crops.

US court to decide if human genes can be patented

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether companies can patent human genes, a decision that could reshape medical research in the United States and the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.

Sanofi-Aventis to buy Genzyme for $20.1 bln cash

(AP) -- French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA has agreed to buy Genzyme Corp. in a sweetened all-cash $20.1 billion deal that ends months of corporate haggling and positions Sanofi at the forefront of the market in lucrative ...

Cloned beef traced to Wisconsin cow

Mark Rueth's Holstein cow Paradise had just been crowned supreme champion of the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., in 2000 when a biotechnology company salesman approached him ringside and offered a cut-rate deal to clone ...