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From Hawaii to Colorado to Oregon: GMO Labeling Initiatives Hit Campaign Ballots

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HAWAII A judge’s ruling allows Maui County to print ballots that ask voters about a proposed moratorium on genetically engineered crops, reports the Associated Press. The decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters. The county filed to dissolve the order, which had prevented preparing ballots. Some ballots, including those for military members, have Read More >

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The Washington Post: Are Patents the Problem?

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Tamar Haspel, food columnist for the Washington Post, looks at the issue of seed patents in her October column: If you’re at the right party — a party populated by agriculture wonks — the issue of patenting living organisms might get more of a rise than either religion or politics, demonstrating both that patenting is a hot issue and that agriculture wonks aren’t much of a hit at parties (trust me on this one). A Read More >

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BIO 2015 – Call for Sessions Extended

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It’s not too late to submit a session proposal for the 2015 BIO International Convention. We’ve just extended the submission deadline until Wednesday, October 8th at 5:00 pm EDT. All ideas are welcome! We seek proposals that reflect current trends and novel ideas in all focus areas Business Development & Finance Biomedical Technology: Research & Development Digital Health General Biotechnology Interest Intellectual Property Value, Market Access & Commercialization View the full list here. If you’d Read More >

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New Treatments Needed for Obesity

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ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7, in Boston Offers Opportunities to Learn & Connect Coauthored by The Obesity Society Public Affairs Chair & Co-Chair Adam Tsai, MD, Internal Medicine & Weight Management Physician, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Amanda Staiano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, Read More >

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Gates to contribute $50M for Ebola response

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Bill Gates was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the Gates Foundation’s contribution of $50 million to support emergency response to Ebola. Mr. Gates responded to criticism that the U.S. was initially slow to properly address the African crisis. He noted that it would be virtually impossible to respond much quicker to the unprecedented scale of the outbreak. He did call upon other countries to step up and dedicate resources as well. The most recent Read More >

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