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RTP, North Carolina Welcomes GMO Answers

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GMO Answers recently hosted its first Open Doors Tour where we invited local bloggers to visit three members of the Council for Biotechnology Information — Syngenta, BASF Plant Science and Bayer CropScience. This opportunity allowed the bloggers to see firsthand how plant biotechnology works. Tour participants were able to follow the lifecycle of a GMO from trait identification to commercialization, and visit the Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center to learn about agriculture and pollinators, and what is Read More >

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WSJ: An Easy Money Saver: the Flu Shot

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The Wall Street Journal’s Avery Johnson wrote this week about a potential money saving (and health-protecting) step that’s easy to take this holiday season: getting a flu shot. Flu can result in hospitalization, especially in young or old patients and those with underlying medical issues, says Dr. Jhung. The CDC estimates that the flu costs the U.S. more than $87 billion a year and results in 17 million lost workdays. A typical flu-related hospitalization for Read More >

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Patent Trolls and Nigerian Scammers

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What do patent trolls and Nigerian princes have in common? Two things come to mind. First, if you get an email from either one, nothing good can come from it. Second, hardly anybody falls for either scam. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the most notorious patent assertion entity (otherwise known as a patent troll) has agreed to a consent decree. Which means they have agreed to halt their deceptive business practices. Of course, Read More >

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For the Holidays: Change Your Beliefs Around GMOs

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Recently re-published by AgriPulse, three renowned guest authors wrote a great opinion piece in the Des Moines Register on the beliefs and narratives around GMOs and organic food. The authors include Nina Fedoroff, Ph.D., a plant biologist who has served as science and technology adviser to the secretary of state from 2007-10, Ken Cassman, Ph.D., an international agronomist at the University of Nebraska, and Marshall Matz, former counsel to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee specializing in nutrition and food security.  In their Read More >

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What Does it Really Mean to be Pro-GMO?

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It has been said that if you’re Pro-GMO, or for Genetically Modified Organisms, then you must oppose the the Anti-GMO movement.   However, is this the true meaning behind being Pro-GMO?  Richard Green, guest blogger for the Skepti-Forum, doesn’t think so.  In his blog, What is Pro-GMO?, Green suggests that being Pro-GMO means that you’re anti-GMO misinformation. “What is Pro-GMO? Is it the opposite of Anti-GMO? “We humans like to split things into black and white opposing camps but that Read More >

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