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Find Your Next Asia Partnership in Tokyo at BIO Asia

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On April 8-9, 2014, the BIO Asia International Conference will enter its eleventh year. This year, biopharma industry leaders will convene at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan to make the cross border deals that will advance collaboration between Asia and the West. This event has become the premier customized partnering event for Western and Asian biopharma executives. According to JP Morgan healthcare specialist Scott Braunstein, Japan has become one of the most critical markets for pharma Read More >

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Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines

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The new Patent Office guidance, issued March 4, extends the Supreme Court’s legal logic into areas that were neither mentioned nor decided in the Myriad case itself. Myriad went to the Supreme Court exclusively on the question whether human genes are patentable. And human genetic diagnostic testing was the only context in which the Supreme Court thought about this question. The Supreme Court also acknowledged that it is not a scientific expert, and perhaps recognized Read More >

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Crop Scientists Group Promotes its Position Against GMO Labeling

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“Analysis of over 25 years of research, representing thousands of independent studies, shows that GM crops are as safe as crops derived from traditional breeding methods.” On March 7, 2014, the Crop Science Society of America, an international organization that claims 6,000 crop scientists as its members, released its report supporting the safety of biotechnology and announcing its opposition to the mandatory labeling of GM crops. “Requiring labels for foods with GM crops could serve Read More >

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Promising News for Babies Born HIV-Positive

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This week, scientists announced that they have cleared HIV in a Long Beach, Calif.-baby who doctors confirmed was infected with the virus at the time of birth. Last year, doctors reported that a baby in Mississippi had been cleared of the virus after receiving aggressive drug treatment 30 hours after birth. The most recent announcement is particularly significant because the latest baby was confirmed to have the virus and doctors immediately started the baby on Read More >

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Crop Coexistence Continues to Work for Farmers

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In November 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) solicited comments to better identify ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.  This solicitation of comments was initiated in response to recommendations from the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture. To demonstrate a broad industry coalition on the matter of coexistence, a group of 12 agricultural organizations including BIO, submitted Read More >

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