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On Food Day, Basic Human Needs Should be Top Priority

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By Ab Basu, Executive Vice President (Acting), Food and Agriculture, Biotechnology Industry Organization Here in the United States, Food Day (October 24, 2011) can be a day to recognize the achievements of American agriculture. We can – and should – celebrate our nation’s farmers, who consistently provide a safe, reliable and affordable food supply. Even during a current weak economy, agriculture is one sector that is thriving. In America, agriculture is a tremendous success story. Read More >

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Confessions of a Cancer-Free Cancer Patient

Sandra Dennis

By Sandra Dennis, Deputy General Counsel for Healthcare, the Biotechnology Industry Organization October is breast cancer awareness month. As a dear friend said to me recently — it’s a whole month? She also despises the whole pink ribbon thing. I didn’t dare mention to her that there’s a breast cancer stamp. While it could suggest a lack of empathy, she was treated for breast cancer several years ago, so she speaks from the perspective of Read More >

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Bioterrorism: Ten Years Later

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By Bob Graham, Jim Talent, Randy Larsen & Lynne Kidder of The WMD Center Ten years ago this week, while still in shock from the unspeakable horrors of 9/11, Americans were learning of a new threat—bioterrorism. As it turns out, the anthrax letters of October 2001 were a relatively small incident, in which 22 were infected and five died. Other than the psychological aspects and the costs of cleanup (in excess of $500 million), the Read More >

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Biotechnology Delivers Medical Discoveries to Benefit Women Facing Breast Cancer

Marc S. Hurlbert

By Marc S. Hurlbert, Ph.D., Executive Director, Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade The field of breast cancer has witnessed remarkable progress due to dedicated biotechnology and academic scientists, advocates, patients, nurses and physicians. Sixty years ago, a woman diagnosed with early stage breast cancer had less than a 55 percent chance of living 10 years, while today those odds are greater than 85 percent. We have made great advances in detecting cancer early with imaging including Read More >

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Moving Beyond the Stem Cell Stalemate

Michael Werner

By Michael J. Werner, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine For the past several years, attendees at the World Stem Cell Summit have focused their energies primarily on legislative and legal efforts to protect human embryonic stem cell research. When folks gather at this year’s meeting, they will once again confront the reality that research opponents will continue to try to block these efforts. James Sherley has filed an appeal to the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit Read More >

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