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A Bill to Limit Canada’s Trade Negotiators on Farm Goods Edges Nearer to Law

A Bill to Limit Canada’s Trade Negotiators on Farm Goods Edges Nearer to Law

Private members’ bills, particularly those from members of the Bloc Québécois, rarely make their way through the parliamentary process. But after passing the House of Commons with strong support from members of all parties, a bill from Yves Perron, who speaks for the Bloc on farming, handily passed a second vote in the unelected Senate on Tuesday. And perhaps even more surprising, it deals with a contentious issue: Canada’s supply management system, which controls production and sets minimum prices for dairy and poultry products as well as eggs. Many free-market economists and politicians cast supply management as a legalized price cartel that increases Canadians’ grocery bills. And in negotiations for every one of Canada’s major trade agreements in recent decades, the supply management system has emerged as one of the final sticking points. [Read from 2016: Safe for Now, Canadian Dairy Farmers Fret Over E.U. Trade Deal] If Mr. Perron’s bill makes it past the few remaining legislative hurdles and becomes law, it will bar Canada’s trade negotiators from offering any changes to supply management …

Cloned monkey still alive after two years – so are we nearer to replicating humans? | Science & Tech News

Cloned monkey still alive after two years – so are we nearer to replicating humans? | Science & Tech News

A cloned rhesus monkey has survived for more than two years and has led to “valuable insights” into the scientific process, according to experts. Scientists in China used a modified version of the same technique that was used to create Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal. Out of the 113 cloned embryos, 11 were implanted into surrogate monkeys, but only one survived. It has been named ReTro. The team said that although the success rate of producing viable and healthy clones is low – less than 1% in this case – it pushes forward the understanding of primate cloning. The world’s first cloned monkeys – a pair of identical long-tailed macaques – were created six years ago by the same researchers, led by Qiang Sun and Zhen Liu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. At that time, the researchers wanted to create populations of genetically uniform monkeys that could be customised for research into human diseases. It also raised major ethical questions by bringing the world closer to human cloning. But …