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“When Genetic Engineering Came Of Age”

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October 29 was the 30th anniversary of the approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of human insulin synthesized in genetically engineered bacteria. In an article for Forbes, Henry Miller, the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology, marked the anniversary and commented on today’s regulatory environment: “Regulators have adopted a highly risk-averse and even adversarial mindset, few new drugs are approved without convening extramural advisory committees, and decisions are sometimes hijacked by Read More >

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Sacrificing Energy Independence is Not the Solution

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This past summer, as parts of the Midwest faced historic droughts and farmers and ranchers struggled with the impact of failing crops, a group of governors petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend the federal Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) as a way to provide relief. As temperatures cool and the drought stabilizes, it’s clear that government programs to provide emergency assistance for farmers and ranchers worked as intended. Yet, the call to suspend the Read More >

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Southern California Biotech Magnet School will Prepare Next Gen Workforce

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Despite increasing global competition, the United States remains the most innovative country on the planet. This competition, of course, is good because it means education and research are growing in the rest of the world. There is some debate as to whether or not this nation is facing a potential hi-tech labor shortage. Though, one thing is certain – teaching science, math, and technology to all kids is so important. This is not just because Read More >

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Spreading BIO’s Message at the National Political Conventions

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Next week, the Republican National Convention kicks-off in Tampa, Florida. The week after that, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Aside from the nomination of the national party tickets and the tremendous media coverage generated by these events, key opinion leaders from both parties will converge on these cities to participate in this uniquely American process. An important component of our ongoing advocacy work is to educate these key decision Read More >

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Brazil Reaches Beyond Borders to Strengthen STEM Education

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The Brazilian government has set an aggressive goal: To train 101,000 Brazilian students and researchers in top universities worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields by 2014. Launched in 2011, the Science without Borders program is a Brazilian scholarship program, primarily funded by the government of Brazil, that seeks to strengthen and expand science and technology initiatives, innovation and competitiveness through international mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and researchers. Brazilian students and Read More >

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