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Was the Sweet Potato a Natural GMO?

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NPR recently reported that the first genetically modified crop wasn’t made by a megacorporation or or a college scientist trying to design a more durable tomato. It was actually modified by nature. According to NPR, Scientists at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, have found genes from bacteria in 291 sweet potato varieties, including ones grown in the U.S., Indonesia, China, parts of South America and Africa. The findings suggest bacteria inserted the genes into Read More >

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10 Little-Known Ways Biotech Is Working To Improve Everyday Products

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Most everyone knows that biotechnology produces cures and therapies for healthcare; but not everyone knows that biotechnology is also applied to products that are in every home. Specifically, industrial biotechnology uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make biobased products in sectors such as chemicals, food ingredients, detergents, paper, textiles and biofuels. Below are BIO’s 10 Little-Known Ways Biotech Is Working To Improve Everyday Products and learn more about how industrial biotechnology is improving the way we live. 1. Read More >

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United Health To Congress: Let Cancer Patients Eat Gauze (Op-Ed in The Hill)

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Jonathan Wilcox’s op-ed in The Hill today highlights the growing challenge of insurance company tactics that contribute to increased costs to the health care system and restricted patient access to life-saving medicines. While UnitedHealth Group just reported increased revenues for first quarter 2015, patients are shouldering the burden with rising copays and restricted coverage, asserts the author. As Wilcox writes, ‘That’s why cancer advocacy organizations are taking action, pressing Congress and state legislatures to cap co-pays on specialty Read More >

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April is Donate Life Month! Walk with the National Kidney Foundation on May 16!

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The need for organ donations continues to increase in America. Of the over 123,600 Americans on the national organ transplant waitlist, over 101,900 await a life-saving kidney. Many organ donors give the gift of life to a family member or friend with whom they are medically compatible. However, there are some truly special people who give simply because they can and the need is so great. Bill Singleton is one of those people. Singleton is Read More >

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Congrats to the 2015 Buzz of BIO Winners!

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We’re very pleased to announce the winners for the 2015 Buzz of BIO contest of the BIO International Convention. You voted for your favorites, and it was a tight, interesting race! Remember, you can still apply to present at the BIO International Convention. Presenting companies received 118% MORE partnering meetings at BIO 2014 than non-presenting companies, on average. Learn more and apply here. We’re pleased to introduce you to our winners: Pipelines of Promise Vascular BioSciences Read More >

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