Monthly Archives: February 2012

Petroleum Refiners Express Contempt for RFS

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At the National Biodiesel Conference earlier this week, AFPM President Charles Drevna called the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) an “anachronism” and claimed that “it’s not working as intended.” Should he be believed? Congress established the RFS with steadily increasing volume mandates for cellulosic biofuels in order to open the petroleum-dominated market to alternatives and spur growth in the industry. Despite the resistance to innovation from the petroleum refiners, that purpose in not an anachronism. Moreover, Read More >

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BIO Helps You Continuously Connect

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By Rob Wright, Life Science Leader As I perused a bunch of the show agendas I will be attending over the next several months, it occurred to me how helpful these shows are for helping connect me with people who make for interesting editorial. Depending upon the size of the show, this can be very easy or sometimes difficult. Last year’s BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) International Conference was held in in Washington D.C., and it Read More >

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Biotech Crops Are Winning Over Farmers

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Fortune magazine’s Marc Gunther wrote a blog this week about the growing adoption of  biotech crops and the debate over their use: The debate over biotech crops has become predictable. In his 2012 annual letter from the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, who has a near-religious faith in technology and innovation, argues that an “extremely important revolution” in plant science, i.e., genetically-engineered crops, can help farmers in poor countries by giving them access to new varieties Read More >

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A Very Big BTK January

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We all heard reports that January was a great start to 2012 for the stock market, and even more so for Biotech. But how big was it, really? The Amex Biotech Index (the “BTK“) had its biggest January on record, since 1992, with a +21% pop: The companies behind the numbers? The Nasdaq Biotech Index was up 11%, the best in a decade. The January 2000 jump of 15% is still a tough month to beat Read More >

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The BioGENEius Challenge: Prarthana Dalal

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By Prarthana Dalal, 2011 International BioGENEius Challenge 1st Place Winner Project Title: Modeling of human non-deletional hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) conditions in β-globin locus transgenic mouse models: The -175 (T to C) and -195 (C to G) A-gamma globin gene point mutations Project Description: My project was focused on hemoglobingenetics and how sequence changes can effect fetal hemoglobin production in mouse models, which can be used to understand treatment mechanisms for sickle cell Read More >

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