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Stop Vandalizing Science!

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On Thursday, March 5, at 6 a.m., around 1,000 female members of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) armed with sticks and knives broke into a cellulose company in San Paulo State and destroyed millions of samples of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus saplings.  Fox News and a number of international media outlets reported. The MST said in a communique that its activists invaded the facilities of FuturaGene Brasil Tecnologia, a company owned by Suzano Papel y Celulosa where genetic modification Read More >

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GEN Ranks Top Ten U.S. Biopharma Clusters

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Yesterday, Alex Philippidis at Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News released their annual ranking of the top 10 U.S. biopharma clusters. To rank the clusers, five criteria are considered: NIH funding, venture capital funding, number of biotech patents awarded, lab space, and jobs. Landing the number 6 spot is the Greater Philadelphia region, home to this year’s BIO International Convention. From the report: The birthplace of independence saw a nice year-over-year increase in venture capital financing, Read More >

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BIO’s Next Generation Partnering System to Open April 2015

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You’ve found your lead investor. Now it’s time to get to the next stage, and the best place to do so is the 2015 BIO International Convention. You have a meeting with Pfizer at 9:00 a.m. followed by a meeting with AstraZeneca/MedImmune at 9:30 a.m. Then a 30 minute break. Then you have four meetings back to back with Sofinnova, Takeda Ventures, Gates Foundation and Merck. After a quick lunch it’s back to partnering: make Read More >

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Agricultural Coexistence: We All Can Get Along

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On March 12-13, 2015, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be holding a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance the understanding of agricultural coexistence. Coexistence is not a safety issue. Agricultural Coexistence is the practice of concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with underlying consumer preferences and farmer choices. The Workshop will discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders. It Read More >

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Consumer Reports Does Consumers No Favors

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Like most people, I enjoy Consumer Reports for their ability to provide fact-based product reviews when I’m shopping for a new toaster or a computer or a car.  So it’s disheartening to learn that Consumer Reports‘ advice isn’t always fact-based. Take, for example, their recent article “GMO foods: What you need to know.”  I wish the title of this was “GMO foods: What Consumers Union wants you to believe.”  Consumers Union – as noted in Read More >

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