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Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process

Pineapple genome offers insights into plant domestication process

Science
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The newly sequenced pineapple genome has offered researchers fresh insights into the plant domestication process. Pineapple varieties are grown for a variety of purposes: for fiber, as an ornamental and, most famously, as a delicious fruit. Scientists at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois sequenced the genome of the red pineapple and compared it to the genomes of several other cultivars. Their efforts -- detailed Monday in the journal Nature Genetics -- revealed evidence supporting their hypothesis, that pineapples can be domesticated in a single step, sans seeds, using cuttings and other methods. "We have chosen major pineapple cultivars worldwide ... to test our hypothesis of 'one-step operation' in domestication of clonally ...
Study: One-third of pre-approved drugs has not finished FDA approval process

Study: One-third of pre-approved drugs has not finished FDA approval process

Health
Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Pharmaceutical companies have failed to comply with federal policies that could speed up the approval of potentially life-saving prescription drugs, new research shows. More than 1 in 3 drugs that have already received pre-approval from the Food and Drug Administration still haven't gotten the final approval required by the agency's Accelerated Approval Program, according to a study presented at the University of Hong Kong. The program, which launched in 1992, was designed to speed up the approval process for drugs that treat life-threatening illnesses. That's only if the drug has been proven to have a clinical benefit. Since its inception, the Accelerated Approval Program has sped up the approval process for drugs that treat HIV, anthrax exposure, pulmonary tuberculosis...
EPFO to launch e-inspection system to simplify process

EPFO to launch e-inspection system to simplify process

Finance
BENGALURU: EPFO will launch an e-inspection system that will simplify inspection process and ensure organisations with open communications will not be subject to physical inspection until absolutely necessary, according to Central Provident Fund Commissioner Sunil Barthwal. EPFO (Employees' Provident Fund Organisation) proposed to amend the Act to limit enquiry period to a maximum of two years in order to curtail harassment, he also said at a Confederation of Indian Industry-organised interactive session last Friday, a CII release said. A small percentage of employees are unable to generate UAN (a 12-digit Universal Account Number to all employees entitled to EPF) due to mismatch in data, Barthwal said, adding to address this issue, the EPFO is looking at alternative authentication vis-a-v...
Balance between maximising profit and minimising time needed in resolution process

Balance between maximising profit and minimising time needed in resolution process

Finance
By Taponeel MukherjeeAs news regarding recapitalisation of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and the need to improve credit availability come to the fore, one crucial issue that is assuming increasing importance is the need to maximise the "time value of money" of loans by ensuring faster resolution of credit issues. An effective resolution of non-performing assets (NPA) requires the balancing of two aspects of loan recovery value maximisation, i.e., a higher recovery amount and a quicker recovery process. In an ideal scenario, a lender would wish to maximise the value of the loan recovered, and yet achieve this in quick time. However, in reality, the two factors usually work in opposite directions. A focus purely on maximising the actual loan recovery amount can lead to situations whereby the le...
Several private firms still interested in buying Nielsen as sale process drags on

Several private firms still interested in buying Nielsen as sale process drags on

Finance
Nielsen, the media research firm famous for its TV ratings, is still contemplating an outright sale, fueled by continued private equity interest, according to people familiar with the matter. Advent International is working with Goldman Sachs Group on a bid, as well as Apollo Global Management, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Advent and Goldman have consistently shown interest and recently attended Nielsen management presentation, although it's unclear if the consortium will be willing to pay enough to get a deal done, two of the people said. A sale isn't imminent, and while Nie...