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Soda Cans and Pesticides

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This past weekend I took my entire family and a friend and her mom to the Monsanto open house event.  We were treated to a nice non-organic buffet of local style appetizers from maki sushi to tonkatsu.  We also got to learn about the Japanese Cultural Center’s collaboration with Monsanto and the National Park Service in preserving the former Japanese internment camp known as Honouliuli. My kids had a chance to learn about bugs and Read More >

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“Then Boundless Chestnut Woods,” Thoreau

Restoring the American Chestnut, GE Trees

American chestnut trees are iconic image of American agriculture. Unfortunately, a terrible fungus has nearly wiped out the once estimated four billion that grew from Maine to Georgia. A recent piece in The Conversation explores the history of American Chestnut and Chestnut blight and how one “genetic tweak” could help restore its population. The species was nearly wiped out by chestnut blight, a devastating disease caused by the exotic fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica. This fungus was accidentally Read More >

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WSJ: “You can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances.”

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Check out today’s Wall Street Journal Editorial, highlighting why you can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances. The editorial highlight’s how political attacks on the innovation ecosystem undermine the ability to bring important advances to patients. It notes that new initiatives, such as the Administration’s cancer “moonshot,” will be less likely to find success if short-sighted politicians create “investment uncertainty” that will drive away private capital away from the biopharmaceutical sector.” Read more in Read More >

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How a Small UK Nation is Making its Mark on the Global Life Sciences Stage

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The impressive growth of life sciences in the UK is one of the biggest economic success stories of recent years. Described by politicians as a ‘jewel in the crown’ of the UK economy, the sector has a total annual turnover of £56 billion and accounts for 183,000 UK jobs (UKTI Inward Investment Report 2014 to 2015). Since 2014 it has even been championed by its own government minister. The vibrant life sciences industry in Wales Read More >

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Nominations Now Open for the BIO George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology

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Born into slavery, today George Washington Carver is an icon of American ingenuity. He worked to achieve a better life not only for himself but for all African Americans. A botanist and inventor, Carver’s research and promotion of alternative crops, such as peanuts, showed poor farmers how to increase their productivity and opportunities and improve their quality of life. He also developed and promoted more than 100 products made from peanuts and other crops that were useful for Read More >

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