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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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How Cattle are Being Used in the Fight Against Ebola

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When looking at cattle, you may have a tendency to think steak or hamburger. However, those in the field of animal biotechnology are working on products that will have you looking at cattle in a completely different way. In her piece, GMO Cattle Produce Serum to Fight Hantavirus, Maggie Fox of NBC News, reports on how the biopharmaceutical company, SAB Biotherapeutics, has genetically engineered cattle to produce serum that can help treat such deadly diseases has Ebola. The article in its entirety can Read More >

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Chestnut Lovers – Remember Biotech Over Holidays!

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In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica.  This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut tree population.  The chestnut blight was first spotted in 1904 and is believed to have arrived here in Asian chestnut trees. Unfortunately, American chestnuts have no resistance to the fungus, making it Read More >

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RTP, North Carolina Welcomes GMO Answers

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GMO Answers recently hosted its first Open Doors Tour where we invited local bloggers to visit three members of the Council for Biotechnology Information — Syngenta, BASF Plant Science and Bayer CropScience. This opportunity allowed the bloggers to see firsthand how plant biotechnology works. Tour participants were able to follow the lifecycle of a GMO from trait identification to commercialization, and visit the Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center to learn about agriculture and pollinators, and what is Read More >

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