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GMO Answers Addresses Inaccuracies in Consumer Reports Study on GMOs

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CBS This Morning recently aired a segment on the Consumer Reports’ study on GMOs in packaged food. During the segment, a number of questions about GMOs were raised, including questions about their history, safety, and regulation. In this post, we addressed some of the inaccuracies in the video segment, but we wanted to take the opportunity to provide answers to a few questions that were left unanswered. Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of food science and Read More >

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USDA Approves the Next Generation Potato for Commercial Planting

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A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday. Such publications as the New York Times, The Packer, and the Capital Press covered the recent announcement by the USDA to deregulate J.R. Simplot Company’s Innate™ potatoes.   Andy Pollack of the New York Times reported that the new potato resists browning and bruising which Read More >

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Boston Globe: Helping veterans find a career path in life sciences

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Mike Minogue, chairman and chief executive of Abiomed, a medical device company in Boston that makes tiny heart pumps, leads a program to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce into life sciences careers. Today, Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe profiles Minogue and a program that he launched, MedTech & BioTech Veterans Program, which has organized close to a dozen boot camps for more than 500 veterans across the country and recruited more than 30 life-sciences companies to serve Read More >

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CA Scientist Receives First BIO Rosalind Franklin Award

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BIO has announced Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director, Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, as the recipient of the first annual Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in industrial biotechnology.  The Rosalind Franklin Award is a newly established annual award to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing.  With the support of the Rosalind Franklin Society, BIO will present Dr. Yaver with the BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for leadership in Industrial Biotechnology Read More >

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Small Business Innovators Talk about Their Emerging Biotech

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Last June, for the first time, the BIO International Convention hosted a special section on the convention floor for early stage startups and small companies to share their biotech innovations. About 50 companies in all made up this Innovation Zone, a space jointly created by BIO, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and foot traffic was heavy. Attendees got first-person accounts of some of the most inventive, potentially transformative Read More >

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