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Making it Personal

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The “valley of death” between drug discovery and the development and provision of therapy is a huge issue in biotech. Recent news, however, highlights valiant entrepreneurs who look at the chasm and are building bridges to cross it. One of these is Ilan Ganot whose son, Eytani, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at the age of two years old. The ex-hedge fund banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co quit his job in London, Read More >

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My Regeneration

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What can today’s generation hope for from regenerative medicine? It’s a frontier for business, the medical profession and society. Regenerative medicine aims to shift the focus from palliative care to the development of treatments that address diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and heart disease. The hope is that we’ll live longer, healthier lives and have greater independence in old age, thereby reducing the burden on healthcare systems. Given global population demographics, this is essential: according to the World Health Organisation by Read More >

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Food Fight: Food Companies Wrestle with GMO Perceptions

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General Mills made headline news when it announced it would re-label its original Cheerios and source the cereal’s tiny amount of sugar and corn starch from non-GMO crops. Some in the industry accused General Mills of caving into consumer paranoia about GMOs in foods, a new trend in the food manufacturing and retail arenas. Following General Mill’s example with Cheerios, Post did the same for its Grape-Nuts cereal, and Smart Balance for its butter-like spreads. Read More >

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Can GMO’s can be a win-win for the U.S. and China?

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Much has been written in the media recently about China’s rejection of shipments containing varieties of unapproved genetically modified corn. Trade disruption such as this is unnecessary and costly because the product in question has been approved for use in food, feed and for cultivation in several countries, including Argentina, Brazil, the European Union and the United States. This exposes a significant vulnerability in global commodity trade, as most countries maintain a zero tolerance policy Read More >

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Biodiesel Production from Sugarcane

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A multi-institutional team led by plant biology professor Stephen P. Long from the University of Illinois reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. The team presented Read More >

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