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Myriad Supreme Court Decision: BIO’s Statement

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Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Isolated DNA Patents Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2013) Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), today issued the following statement on  the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding Myriad Genetics’ patent claims on isolated DNA molecules: “The Supreme Court today summarily ruled that so-called cDNA remains eligible for patenting.  cDNA is the commercially most important form of DNA used in biotechnology.  Today’s decision offers urgently-needed Read More >

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More Junk Science: Is the Carman Pig Study “Seralini 2.0”?

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A new pig feeding study authored by Australian researcher Judy Carman, and Maurice, Iowa farmer Howard Vlieger, claims that pigs fed genetically modified (GM) corn and genetically modified (GM) soybean meal showed increased incidence stomach inflammation.  This study was authored by two veteran anti-biotech campaigners, Judy Carman and Howard Vlieger, and was published in an obscure online journal financed by the organic industry.  It reaches conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the great preponderance of Read More >

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Dr. Paul Offit Asks “Do you Believe in Magic?”

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In his new book released today – Do You Believe in Magic? - Paul A. Offit, M.D., exposes the facts behind the alternative medicine ind ustry. The book details how alternative medicine-an unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks-can actually be harmful to public health.  Through real-life stories, Dr. Offit separates fact from fiction and provides examples of nontraditional methods that can be beneficial, in some cases exceeding therapies Read More >

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National Patient Advocate Foundation: Cancer Patients are Being Left Behind

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Roll Call published a commentary today by Nancy Davenport-Ennis of the National Patient Advocate Foundation on the effects of the sequester on cancer care. The op ed states that these ‘cuts are shown to directly impact patients through higher copayments, longer travel times and increased travel expenses, visits to multiple providers and locations for care and services, and delays seeking treatment even as cancer progresses.’  Despite these facts, some have called for even deeper cuts Read More >

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CHI Program to Offer Tips for Acquiring Pipeline Funding

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Biomedical innovations rely largely on scientific breakthroughs, which in turn happen through well-structured research programs. CHI’s Pipeline for Life  will focus on what characterizes successful basic research models in the 21st century, during a time when researchers are experiencing declining governmental funding for science research. Collaboration between industry and academic partners will be necessary to keep the biomedical ecosystem healthy, and the industry’s pipeline full of innovation. This half-day program will explore the strategies and Read More >

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