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The Eucalyptus Genome Reveals Potential Breakthroughs

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More than just food for Koalas, Eucalyptus trees are already used for producing timber, fuel, medicinal and industrial oils. In a recent piece published by Reuters, Will Dunham highlights how an international team of researchers worked to unveil the genetic blueprint of the tree species Eucalyptus grandis in order to maximize its potential in biofuels. “The main interest is understanding how these trees grow so fast and how they are able to produce such large Read More >

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Alliance Development Meets Animal Biotechnology

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On June 3rd, 2014, BIO hosted a briefing entitled “The Untapped Potential of Advanced Modeling: How Animal Biotech Speeds Drug Development” to showcase the growing field of biomedical applications through animal biotechnology. Panelists specifically highlighted opportunities for GE animal models of human disease to help patients with devastating diseases. The panel included three experts in the field: Danielle Kerkovich, PhD, the Principal Scientist of Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, John Swart, PhD, President of Exemplar Genetics, and Read More >

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Fact vs. Fear: Are GM Enzymes in Cheese Safe?

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On June 6, 2014, Scientific American released an entertaining blog entitled “Genetically Modified Cheese… is Nothing Safe? At the Boundaries of GMO Controversy” written by Kevin Bronham, Curriculum Fellow in the Microbiology and Immunobiology department at Harvard Medical School. Bronham’s article provides a common example of the use in biotechnology in food production to show how opposition to GMOs isn’t based in science. In cheese-making, it’s necessary to use “rennet,” which causes the milk to Read More >

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Why We Need IPR for GMOs

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At GMO Answers, we’ve received several questions about corporate intellectual property rights (IPR) and patents on GMO seeds, with many believing that patents hurt farmers by forcing them to purchase new seeds each year instead of using the seeds they harvest. On the contrary, patents actually help farmers gain access to new technologies by facilitating innovation, by enabling seed developers to invest significant time and resources in creating new technologies that will provide farmers with Read More >

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Interactive Science Communication Sessions at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit

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The 2014 Summit will be held September 16-18, 2014, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Delivering your information about science discoveries to the public is as important as the discoveries themselves, so attendees will get the opportunity to hone their communications techniques during specially produced programming at this year’s Livestock Biotech Summit. “Attendees will hear directly from experts the strategies of how to effectively communicate around animal biotechnology,” said David Read More >

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