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Is Animal Biotechnology Progressing?

David Edwards

By David Edwards, PhD Director, Animal Biotechnology, BIO One year ago, I was pleased to testify before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC).  The FDA convened its VMAC meetings on September 19-21, 2010 to discuss an application for a genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, a BIO member, the AquAdvantage salmon has been genetically engineered to grow year-round.  Conventional salmon only grow in warmer months.  This Read More >

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Biotechnology Industry Initiative to Improve U.S. Science Education

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By Bianca Blanks, Biotechnology Institute Industry responds to President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign with “Scientists in the Classroom” initiative The Biotechnology Institute supports STEM education and has a vision to capture the imagination of youth, to inspire the next generation to learn life science and biotechnology, and transform society’s expectations so that all citizens may appreciate the importance of biotechnology to society. The Biotechnology Institute’s Scientists in the Classroom initiative is the life science industry’s Read More >

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Research!America Report: Investment in Health Research Remains Stagnant

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By Research!America The U.S. public and private sectors invested $140.5 billion in 2010 on research to find new ways to treat, cure and prevent disease and disability, according to Research!America’s latest annual estimate. Health research spending accounted for only 5.5% of the $2.6 trillion the U.S. spent on health care in 2010. Health research as a percentage of health care spending has hovered around 5.5% since 2005, remaining essentially stagnant. Investment in health research experienced Read More >

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Vaccinate Adults to Protect Children

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By Jennifer Wider, M.D., Founder/President, medical advisor for the Society for Women’s Health Research Mention the word vaccination and most people think of babies, toddlers and school-age children. But as the fact is, adults also need to be vaccinated (when and where appropriate) to keep themselves and their children safe. Unfortunately, far too many adults overlook these lifesaving measures. According to a recent report conducted by the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization in Read More >

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When RARE is not so RARE!

Nicole Boice

By Nicole Boice, Founder/President, RARE Project Did you know that there is a community of sick and disabled women, children, and men that is so large that it outnumbers all of those with cancer and AIDS combined worldwide?  Scary to think about? Can you guess what it is? Staggering Statistics The Rare Disease Community is made up of over 7,000 known rare diseases and over 350 million people worldwide.  Here in the US, over 35 Read More >

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