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BIO Expands its Statement of Ethical Principles

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Last year marked the 20th Anniversary of the BIO International Convention. In her keynote as the newly elected Chair of BIO, Rachel King emphasized BIO members’ commitment to delivering bigger lifesaving and life changing breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture and energy. “Delivering breakthroughs is at the heart of who we are,” King said in her speech, while also noting the need to effectively convey BIO’s message. “As we work to deliver breakthroughs … we must work Read More >

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Oregon Debates GMOs (Again!)

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A while back, Oregon looked at becoming the first state in the nation to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Fortunately, the measure was voted dead 71 to 29, and many predicted that the issue would never rise again. However, now a new anti-GMO measure has popped up in “The Beaver State”. A group of local farmers has been successfully able to get a GMO cultivation ban (Measure 15-119) on the ballot for Read More >

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Biotech Incubator Opens in Santa Fe

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Starting up a biotech company is risky business. Fortunately, there are bright, determined people willing to take that risk in hopes of developing an innovative medical, industrial or agricultural application. Fortunately, too, there are plenty of local, state, and federal legislators who recognize the value of supporting entrepreneurial innovators. A case in point is Startup America, an alliance of entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, foundations, and other leaders who work together to support high-growth, potentially job producing Read More >

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President Obama Endorses Ag Biotech

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In an April 11 letter to Julie Borlaug, President Obama wrote about how pleased he was to join in the celebration of her grandfather, Norman Borlaug, and his life and passion for feeding the hungry through biotechnology. Through ag biotech, Norman Borlaug, known as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” made it his life’s work to eradicate world hunger and was recently recognized posthumously for his contributions to the field. Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse highlighted President’s Obama’s remarks to Read More >

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Gluten Free: Does Glyphosate Cause Celiac Disease? Actually, No!

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Dr. Peter Olins, Co-founder of Ultimate Gluten Free, provided a must read response to our GMO Answers page debunking the myth that glyphosate causes celiac disease. The herbicide glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and is frequently mischaracterized as a cause of celiac disease serving as a catalyst for those anti-biotech. From his post, we wanted to highlight how Dr. Olins notably discredits the link between glyphosate and celiac disease. “A 2013 article by A. Samsel and Read More >

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