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We Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

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BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote an op-ed in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on the genetically engineered Oxitec mosquito, which promises to reduced mosquito populations and lessen the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika: The Centers for Disease Control has now confirmed a link between the Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly, increasing the urgency of finding a cure before the height of the mosquito season. Although scientists have made significant progress in Read More >

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GMO Feed Has Caused the Latest Divide in the Labeling Debate

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If a dairy cow eats feed made from genetically engineered grain – and most do – does the milk it produces need to be designated as a GMO product? What about bacon from a pig that ate GMO feed? This is one of the “latest issues that’s holding up senators as they try to cobble together a federal bill to pre-empt a coming onslaught of state GMO labeling laws,” argued AgriPulse’s Bill Tomson. In his recent piece, Tomson Read More >

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TTIP: Don’t Forget About Agriculture

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Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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How the GE Mushroom Could Change the Debate Around GMOs

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Last week, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will not regulate a mushroom that has been genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. Nature reported on the Agency’s announcement that the GM mushroom can now “be cultivated and sold without passing through the agency’s regulatory process” — making it the first CRISPR-edited organism to receive a green light from the US government. This is a great example of how biotechnology is being used to better our food. In fact, it Read More >

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From BioGENEius to the White House Science Fair

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My name is Mikayla Ockels, recipient of the Practical Impact Award from the 2015 National BioGENEius Science Fair, and I am excited and honored to have exhibited at the 2016 White House Science fair this month! Seven years ago I participated in my first local science fair and was completely unaware that the experience would be the start of an extraordinary scientific journey. Research gave me an outlet to unleash my inquisitive nature and indulge Read More >

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