Monthly Archives: October 2013

‘Life According to Sam’ About Hope and Medical Discovery

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HBO is currently airing a documentary about a 13 year old boy named Sam Berns, who is coping with a cruel and rare genetic disease, known as progeria, which ages and weakens its young victims. If you haven’t seen it, you might expect “Life According to Sam” to be a heartbreaking tale of a family’s struggles to cope with something that is out of their control. It is that, but it’s also so much more. Read More >

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2013 World Food Prize Laureate Praises Ag Biotech; Supports GMO Science

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“As a plant scientist, neither I nor my fellow 2013 World Food Prize laureates, Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton and Dr. Robert T. Fraley, anticipated the resistance to genetic modification and biotechnology.” – Dr. Mac Van Montagu, founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium. Dr. Marc Van Montagu, winner of the 2013 World Prize, recently wrote a commendable op-ed arguing how a lack of acceptance surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms Read More >

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RNAi: From Medicine to Agriculture

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At BIO, our member companies are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. They are working everyday to improve the human condition by curing the sick, feeding the hungry, and developing cleaner, safer and healthier sources of energy. And they are accomplishing this by using innovative biotechnology tools, such as RNA interference, or RNAi, in both basic research and product development. RNAi is a biological process, occurring Read More >

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Innovation Is… with Stephan Tanda, Managing Board Member, Royal DSM

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The term “innovation” is thrown around more often than Peyton Manning’s name during Fantasy Football season. But if any industry can truly capture the essence of innovation, it is the biotech industry. Innovation is inherent in what we do – from curing or treating illnesses that were once considered a death sentence to feeding a growing population to helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil through the production of biofuels. But what is innovation, Read More >

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Prominent Washington State Newspapers Urge NO on Initiative 522

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The Seattle Times, The Columbian, The News Tribune and The Daily Herald are just a few of Washington state’s leading publications urging voters to check no on the upcoming state ballot Initiative 522, requiring labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs), seeds and seed products sold in Washington. With the voting on ballot Initiative 522 nearing a close, the Vote No on 522 site did a wonderful job of compiling top quotes of notable Washington state Read More >

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