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Davos 2007 Technology Pioneer: Aresa – Landmine Biosensor

There were 47 “Technology Pioneers” (Full Report, PDF) named for the Davos World Economic Forum meeting last week. Selections was based on innovative organizations that were developing life-changing technologies. There are several known names on the list and one that we heard about last year is Aresa, a start-up company that is trying to commercial a biosenor technology for landmine detection. There are an estimated 100 million unexploded landmines globally. The remarkable thing about this is they are using a genetically modified version of a naturally occurring weed. More details below:

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Saving Lives And Limbs With a Weed, Time December 2006
“Aresa, a Copenhagen-based biotech start-up, has genetically modified a common weed called thale-cress so that its leaves turn red when the plant comes in contact with nitrogen dioxide–a compound that naturally leaches into the soil from unexploded land mines made from plastic and held together by leaky rubber seals.”

Previous BBC story (which points out potential limitations of this technology).

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Written by Aman

January 29, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Posted in Innovation

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