Monthly Archives: March 2014

Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines

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The new Patent Office guidance, issued March 4, extends the Supreme Court’s legal logic into areas that were neither mentioned nor decided in the Myriad case itself. Myriad went to the Supreme Court exclusively on the question whether human genes are patentable. And human genetic diagnostic testing was the only context in which the Supreme Court thought about this question. The Supreme Court also acknowledged that it is not a scientific expert, and perhaps recognized Read More >

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Crop Scientists Group Promotes its Position Against GMO Labeling

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“Analysis of over 25 years of research, representing thousands of independent studies, shows that GM crops are as safe as crops derived from traditional breeding methods.” On March 7, 2014, the Crop Science Society of America, an international organization that claims 6,000 crop scientists as its members, released its report supporting the safety of biotechnology and announcing its opposition to the mandatory labeling of GM crops. “Requiring labels for foods with GM crops could serve Read More >

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Promising News for Babies Born HIV-Positive

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This week, scientists announced that they have cleared HIV in a Long Beach, Calif.-baby who doctors confirmed was infected with the virus at the time of birth. Last year, doctors reported that a baby in Mississippi had been cleared of the virus after receiving aggressive drug treatment 30 hours after birth. The most recent announcement is particularly significant because the latest baby was confirmed to have the virus and doctors immediately started the baby on Read More >

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Crop Coexistence Continues to Work for Farmers

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In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) solicited comments to better identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.  This solicitation of comments was initiated in response to recommendations from the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture. To demonstrate a broad industry coalition on the matter of coexistence, a group of 12 agricultural organizations including BIO, submitted Read More >

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A Better Way To Ship Temperature-Sensitive Materials

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With the business needs of the life science industry in mind, FedEx® has expanded its shipping service portfolio to include Deep Frozen Shipping Solution. Participants of BIO Business Solutions® can now access a discounted, non-hazardous, liquid nitrogen dry vapor technology with end-to-end shipment monitoring. This safe and cost-effective option for the shipment of expensive, temperature-sensitive biogenetics and biomaterials, has a 10-day holding time (below -150oC) that allows samples and substances to be mailed globally without having to worry about sublimation or Read More >

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