Monthly Archives: November 2009

Biotech in the Blogosphere

Wow, what a blog post title, “Synthetic Biology: Why Not Pursuing Crazy Biotech Is Dangerous.” The the crew at Gizmodo who came up with that title talks with Michael Spector who covers science for the New Yorker and is the author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives. The Gizmodo crew says about their discussion with Specter, “For our discussion—fitting the theme of This Cyborg Life—we singled Read More >

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The booming H1N1 vaccine market

The vaccine market is booming – and biotech companies are just one of the beneficiaries.  A recent Associated Press Article explains that an increase in government support and newer, better technologies are just a part of it.  Patients look to benefit from new vaccinations on the horizon for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, herpes, malaria, and perhaps even a universal flu vaccine. It was just last month at the BIO Investor Forum’s H1N1 panel that panelists Read More >

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Biotechnology Is the New Conventional

John Reifsteck, a Champaign Illinois soybean and corn farmer authored an editorial in response to the November 17 report by the Organic Center, the Union for Concerned Scientists and the Center for Food Safety.  (John Reifsteck, a corn and soybean farmer in western Champaign County Illinois, is a Board Member of Truth About Trade and Technology.)  Pasted below is the text of his editorial, along with links to the sources he references:  Farming is a Read More >

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How Biotechnology is Helping Farmers and the Environment

Did you know…Farmers who use biotech crops help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural practices? In 2007, this was equivalent to removing 14.2 billion kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or equal to removing nearly 6.3 million cars from the road for one year.  In the light of ongoing world food security, agricultural sustainability and climate change debates, PG Economics has released three summary documents of the yield, income and environmental Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Biotech Weekly Blog Roundup

In industrial biotechnology this week the Wall Street Cheat Sheet says algae is the next great thing. “Algae could be the most promising candidate yet for the future of the biofuels industry. Although algae-based fuels won’t be commercially available for several years, algae offers several advantages over other first-generation renewable fuels, such as corn and soybeans. For example, algae grows faster, requires less resources, can be used as jet fuel, can use existing distribution systems, Read More >

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