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Sens. Alexander and Burr Release “Innovation for Healthier Americans” Report

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Today, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and committee member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) released a report on the challenges of ‘getting safe treatments, devices and cures to patients more quickly and effectively.’ Specifically, the report looks at what is and is not working at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. The report kicks off a major initiative by the Committee to examine challenges with drug and medical device development Read More >

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Report Shows Continued Global Growth in Biotech Crops

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The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its report today on the current global plantings of GM Crops.  The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015, highlights the accumulated hectarage of biotech crops grown in 2014 as well as the key benefits of biotechnology, including alleviation of poverty and hunger by boosting the income of risk-averse small, resource-poor farmers around the world.   According to the report, the United States continued as the lead Read More >

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GE Mosquitos May Be on Their Way to the Florida Keys

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The GE Mosquito made its debut when it was first introduced in Brazil to help fight Dengue Fever. BIO’s blog Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito covers this story. Now, Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquito (Aedes aegypti) may be unleashed in the Florida Keys to help fight killer mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases. Washington Post covered the story here: Thanks to climate change and globalization, the Keys are also increasingly home to killer tropical diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya Read More >

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Genetically Modified Cattle With Human DNA Might Hold Ebola Cure

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Maggie Fox reported for NBC news on exciting research taking place in Sioux Falls, S.D. to combat the Ebola virus with the help of genetically modified cattle: On a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle are busy incubating antibodies against the Ebola virus. Researchers hope the cattle – which certainly don’t look like anything special – will produce gallons of blood plasma that could be used to treat Read More >

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GM Sugar Beet Has Shown to Save Growers Millions

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Adrianne Massey, managing director of science and regulatory affairs for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, told SRSC growers that one of the main criticisms genetically modified crops face is that only multi-national corporations produce them. Capitol Press covered the statement in their recent piece GM Sugar Beets Save Idaho, Oregon Growers Millions: The adoption of Roundup Ready sugar beets is saving Idaho and Eastern Oregon growers an estimated $22 million a year. “That’s the reason, folks, that we Read More >

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