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Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct


Thanksgiving is just a day away which means family, football and pie. The typical Thanksgiving feast can include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash and pumpkin pie. However, a recent blog in the National Geographic argues that many of the common Thanksgiving food staples shouldn’t be around today. In“Why Pumpkins And Squashes Aren’t Extinct,” Ed Young explains why pumpkin, squashes, gourds, and courgettes shouldn’t exist: These common dinner-table vegetables are all part of a group of plants called Cucurbita, whose wild Read More >

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Patent Reform in the News

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The New York Post and The Washington Post have both run Op-eds in the last week addressing the need to reform the PTO’s inter partes review (IPR) process within current patent reform legislative efforts. Both opinions point to the weakness within the IPR process exposed by short selling practices of predatory hedge fund managers. Click on the links below to read more: From the New York Post: Hedge-fund investors are coming to raid your medicine cabinet. By Peter Read More >

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After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish Read More >

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Expect A Hard Winter for Honey Bees


There’s nothing I enjoy more than getting out in the field and investigating honey bee colonies.  All right, maybe there are a few things I enjoy more, but I consider it a “win” any time I get out of the office to work with bees!  During these late summer and early fall inspections, which involve evaluating up to a hundred and fifty samples taken from different hives across the country, I’ve gotten pretty good at Read More >

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What the Risk-Monger Had to Say about GMOs


I recently attended a presentation by David Zaruk, who is better known as the Risk-Monger. His remarks and insight were so helpful that I felt it was worth sharing with the BIOtechNow audience. For those who are unfamiliar, David Zaruk has been an EU risk and science communications specialist since 2001. He has been involved and active in such EU policy events as REACH and SCALE to the Pesticides Directive, and Science in Society questions to the use of the Precautionary Principle. Read More >

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