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Environmental Group Praises the Carbon Benefits of Gasoline

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Groundhog Day arrived ahead of schedule this year, as the World Resources Institute launched its annual attack on biofuels. But the yearly ritual took on a tinge of April Fools’ Day as the environmental group oddly advocated that the U.S. firmly establish the blend wall in regulatory rules and thereby guarantee fossil fuels a 90 percent share of the gasoline market. The institute released a “new” report titled “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Read More >

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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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