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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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Fighting Prostate Cancer with Immunotherapy

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Advaxis and UC San Francisco join forces to develop and test a range of novel constructs Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, around 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed and 30,000 men die from the disease each year. Cancer immunotherapy offers one promising approach to combating the disease. The University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) and biotechnology Read More >

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RSV Vaccines

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major pathogen in infants, children, and adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia in children under 1 year of age in the U.S., and is now recognized as a major cause of respiratory illness in adults 65 and older. The global disease burden is estimated at 64 Read More >

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