Author Archive: Kathryn Mueller

Kathryn Mueller

Kathryn “Kaylee” Mueller is an intern for the communications department here at BIO for the summer of 2014. She is a rising junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle PA where she is studying Biology. Within the field of Biology, she finds evolution and genetics the most interesting. So far, her favorite part about working at BIO is learning how science is applied in the real world… and the free fruit snacks. When she’s not studying for Organic Chemistry or writing lab reports, Kaylee enjoys acting, dancing, and doodling. Kaylee also manages her own personal blog, Kayleezyme (http://kayleezyme.tumblr.com/), where she illustrates her own science diagrams.

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The “Other Issues to Worry About” vs. GMO’s

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We don’t label foods for pesticides, fertilizers or these other “conventional” food-production technologies. Only genetically engineered food is considered unconventional; it’s what the big labeling-law movement is all about these days. Why is that? Largely because groups of people have managed to make it an issue, not because it’s the one big dangerous thing happening with our food – The LA Times, Karin Klein Last week, the Los Angeles Times released an opinion blog with Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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Puerto Rico: The New Hub for Ag-Biotech Innovation

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 “Biotechnology Innovation—the union of scientific discovery and capital can flourish in a supportive research and regulatory environment. Key policy principles will help facilitate the discovery, development, and commercialization of biotech products that will fight disease, feed the hungry and improve the environment”-BIO 2014 A quote that wholly describes the agricultural climate of Puerto Rico.  The country offers a perfect location, climate, great soil quality, inviting regulatory system, three pronounced academic/research programs and friendly biotech work Read More >

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1 of the 2,000 Articles Supporting GMO Safety

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On Thursday July 24, 2014, The Huffington Post published a blog titled Genetically-Modified Organisms (GMOs) Have NOT Been Proven Safe. The title alone made me question the author’s integrity. Personally, I was expecting the author to cite some academic sources to make such a claim; after reading the blog, it was clear that the author’s title did not reflect the true narrative of her logic. Her main argument for making this bold claim is that Read More >

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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases

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On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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