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Boston Globe: Science, Not fear, Should Guide Food Labeling Laws


On Thursday, July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act (HR 1599), which in addition to preempting state Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling requirements would set up a process for labeling foods as non-biotech. Now the fight over whether or not foods containing GMOs should be labeled will shift to the U.S. Senate. In a recent editorial, The Boston Globe recommended that the the Senate should Read More >

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This Single Mutation That Makes Corn—Corn!


Corn has been a fundamental base crop for 10,000 years and we depend on it for fuel, food and a multitude of other products. I cannot even fathom what society would be like without it. To think that maize diverged from its ancestral teosinte due to a single genetic change base change (A, T, G, or C in its DNA), a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), just highlights how lucky we are to have a crop Read More >

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Jim Greenwood asks: How prepared are we for avian flu?

Jim Greenwood

As a serious avian influenza outbreak continues to wreak havoc on poultry farms across the U.S., one question that is beginning to draw attention from lawmakers and others centers on our ability to respond should the virus begin to infect humans. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood explored that issue in an op-ed yesterday at The Hill: The prospect of HPAI [Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza] spreading to humans recently drew the attention of bipartisan leaders Read More >

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Let’s Thank the Innovators this World Hepatitis Day


In the United States alone there are 200,000 to 3 million cases of Hepatitis C diagnosed every year, worldwide there are around 150-200 million cases. This challenge, however, did not inhibit innovative scientists and doctors from fighting to find a cure. That’s why today, World Hepatitis Day, we honor the innovators fighting this virus now, and the innovators who laid out the groundwork for finding potential cures in the past. Hepatitis C is a viral Read More >

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Seventy Nine House Members Express Concern with H.R. 9

Vote No on HR 9

House leaders made the decision earlier this month to remove patent reform legislation from the schedule for the remaining days before the August recess. While a vote is expected to occur sometime in September, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made the decision to review and address many of the concerns that have been voiced by an array of industries that require the value of dependable and enforceable patents. In the words of Representative McCarthy, “I Read More >

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