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GMO Answers on the IARC Assessment of 2,4-D as a Possible Carcinogen

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) creates Working Groups to periodically consider lifestyles, workplaces, and compounds that may have carcinogenicity potential. IARC is an agency under the World Health Organization (WHO) but is not responsible for regulating pesticides. On Monday, IARC classified 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans (Group 2B — same category as coffee and carpentry). Will this classification affect your daily life? Most likely — no. What is 2,4-D? 2,4-D is Read More >

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ASCO Publishes New “Value Framework” for Cancer Treatment Options

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On Monday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published “A Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment Options” in the Journal of Clinical Oncology intended to ‘assess the value of new cancer therapies based on treatment benefits, toxicities, and costs.’ The framework, developed by the ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force, is intended to ‘ultimately serve as the basis for user-friendly, standardized tools that physicians can use with their patients to discuss the relative value Read More >

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Scientific American WorldView Super Session and the Future of Innovation

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The final Super Session of the 2015 BIO International Convention today featured a panel of international luminaries who offered their perspective on the future of innovation. Moderated by television and radio journalist, David Brancaccio, host of Marketplace Morning Report, the panelists provided a fresh perspectives on international life science development and the ways disruptive technologies are changing how we do business and experience the world around us. On the panel: Lee Hood, President of Institute Read More >

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Dr. Eric Topol’s Insights on Wearables, Smart Phones, Digital Medicine Revolution

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Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, is widely recognized for many things: as a renowned cardiologist, #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States by Modern Healthcare, “Rock Star of Science” by GQ, author of several books, and the top authority on digital medicine, but who knew he was also a comedian? Topol shared his views with the BIO 2015 keynote luncheon audience in an informative and humorous way. Using videos Read More >

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Complexities of Rare Diseases Take the Spotlight at BIO

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Global Genes Founder & CEO Nicole Boice opened the BIO 2015 Orphan & Rare Disease Track by addressing a packed session with a simple, powerful statement: “We’re all working to eliminate the challenges of rare diseases, but patients and their advocates aren’t always equipped to fight.” Organizations like Global Genes help families affected by rare disease by connecting them with much needed tools and resources. By better understanding the definition of a “rare” disease, industry Read More >

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