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Climbing the Same Mountain: How Rare Disease Day Has Changed Our World

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Rare Disease Day has a short history in the arena of national awareness events. It’s only been celebrated since 2008 in Europe and 2009 in the United States and if you check most web calendars of national awareness months/weeks/days, unfortunately you will not find Rare Disease Day listed. Is it correct to say that Rare Disease Day has changed our world? How is that possible in just eight short years? What is it about Rare Read More >

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One Vision for Rare Diseases

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Diagnosis Day a.k.a Ground Zero My son, Jonah, was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome type C in May of 2010.  He was 22 months old, the youngest child to have ever been diagnosed asymptomatic without having an older sibling diagnosed first.  A change of pediatricians at his first year well-visit brought us to a new pediatrician who commented that Jonah’s head circumference was off the charts even though he had met all of his developmental milestones. Read More >

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Biosynthetic Technologies: Advancing a First-Commercial Renewable Chemical Project

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently expanded its flagship “9003” loan guarantee program to include projects that primarily manufacture chemicals — not just fuels — from renewable biomass. Years of advocacy and leadership from BIO, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and others have effected this welcome change. Biosynthetic Technologies (“BT”) is pleased to be among the refreshed program’s early potential beneficiaries. BT commercializes a novel renewable chemical compound poised to disrupt the large global industrial and automotive Read More >

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WHO Supports Male Assassins to Target Female Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus

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The race is on to better understand, diagnose and prevent Zika virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the human and social consequences for the 30 countries with recently detected Zika outbreaks could be “staggering”. So how could genetically engineered mosquitoes play a central role in the emergency R&D response being developed by the WHO? Mosquitoes are by far the most deadly animal to humans. Deaths from malaria are the most common cause, killing Read More >

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Is Food and Farming Viewed in a Natural Light?

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When I stop to take a breath and step back before grading the current state of agriculture, it’s clear things are far from ideal in Hawaii. Despite making huge strides in the mainland these past few years, agriculture is still struggling to tell its story. The industry is constantly under attack from numerous activist groups who often mischaracterize it in a dark light. Farmers or AgVocates persistently receive verbal assaults or even have their crops Read More >

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