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Don’t Misrepresent the Farmer Assurance Provision

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There has been quite a lot of hoopla in the anti-biotech community over a tiny provision in the spending bill recently signed by President Obama. The “Farmer Assurance Provision” protects farmers and growers when a previously approved and deregulated biotech seed becomes the subject of frivolous lawsuits. Opposition groups such as the Center for Food Safety use the judicial system to challenge USDA’s regulatory authority that governs biotech crops and to potentially halt the use of the Read More >

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Biotechnology: Improving Your Life

Moving Inside the Beltway: Brief Health Roundup

The World Economic Forum released a list of 10 ways biotechnology can improve your life. Experts from their Council on Biotechnology selected the 10 which they believe could help increase productivity and drive job creation in addition to meeting the world’s rapidly growing demand for energy, food and healthcare. The list is filled with developments related to industrial and environmental biotech including bioproduction of sustainable chemicals, energy and other materials. Through biotechnology, living organisms, such Read More >

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Let’s Talk Biotech Food

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Last week The Oregonian published an editorial called “Lawmakers should slow down on GMO labeling, a drive based on fear” saying Oregon lawmakers should not pass House Bill 2532 and other like it aiming to label GMOs: “Under this proposed law, any food deriving its growth or production from a GMO would need to feature a ‘prominent statement’ on the packaging that it contains genetically altered material. Never mind that more than 80 percent of Read More >

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Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

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The Supreme Court handed Kirtsaeng a victory last week finding his importation and resale of copyrighted books exhausted the copyright under the First Sale Doctrine. In a vain attempt at corporate responsibility, the publishers in this case created two versions of textbooks; a no-frills “Asia edition” to sell at affordable prices to students in less affluent places like Thailand, and a higher quality more expensive version to relatively more affluent students in places like the Read More >

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Diversity Critical to Building Rich Bioscience Centers

Warren Ribley

Whether producing natural gas from coal or creating lifesaving medicines, unique experiences are what often lead to great discoveries. The more diverse the backgrounds and interests of those working in life sciences, the richer our discoveries are bound to be. Considering the diversity of our country, it’s not surprising that the U.S. is the most prolific country in the world in terms of life science or bioscience discoveries. And many of these are happening right Read More >

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