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8 Reasons New Medicines are Needed for Alzheimer’s

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Last week, the Alzheimer’s Association released an infographic with eight mythbusting facts to help dispel common misconceptions about the disease when it comes to prevention, financial impact, symptoms, and other areas. As the infographic confirms, there is no cure for this irreversible neurological disease, and only half of people living with Alzheimer’s (the 6th leading cause of death in the US) have actually been diagnosed. PhRMA’s report on Medicines in Development for Alzheimer’s Disease notes Read More >

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A Sheep Named Dolly – A Look at the First Cloned Animal Twenty Years Later!

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On July 5, 1996, scientists at Scotland’s Roslin Institute announced that they had successfully cloned the first animal from an adult cell — a sheep named Dolly. Dolly was the first mammal to be successfully cloned using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technology. This technique makes it possible to produce multiple animals from a single donor, and involves transferring the genetic information from a cell from the body of an animal into an empty oocyte, or egg. Read More >

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American Farm Bureau Federation: Price Tag on July 4th Picnic Holds Steady

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“Americans will be paying a bit more for their Fourth of July barbecues this year, but the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) says the tab can still come in at less than $6 a person,” AgriPulse reported in its June 29th newsletter. A total of 79 Farm Bureau members (volunteer shoppers) in 26 states checked retail prices for summer cookout foods at their local grocery stores for this informal survey. AgriPulse reported the results: “Meat prices are helping Read More >

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Bill Gates is Right

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In a recent Bloomberg interview, Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist Bill Gates debunked much of the recent criticism of the biopharmaceutical industry and the drug pricing system in the United States, stating: “The current system is better than most other systems one can imagine … The drug companies are turning out miracles, and we need their R&D budgets to stay strong. They need to see the opportunity.” Gates also praised the innovations that are coming Read More >

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Once Again Greenpeace is in the Hotseat!

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Do you remember in 2013 when a large group of angry farmers attacked and destroyed a field trial of genetically modified rice in the Philippines? It made headlines across the globe because GM rice has shown to have the potential to reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in many children living in the developing world. We later learned that these attackers weren’t all farmers but in fact were mostly Greenpeace activists. Ironic since Greenpeace’s motto is to “change attitudes and Read More >

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