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Survey Shows Americans Support Labeling Foods Containing DNA


A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Washington Post reported on the survey:   If the government does impose mandatory labeling on foods containing DNA, perhaps the label might look something like this: WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has Read More >

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GMO Basics: Why Uncertainty is Part of Science?

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Ever wonder how scientists deal with uncertainty as they search for answers?GMO Answers posted a great excerpt from a recent SenseAboutScience publication which explores why uncertainty is a natural occurrence in the field of science and how scientists deal with it: “Introduction: Why Make Sense of Uncertainty? “Scientific uncertainty is prominent in research that has big implications for our society: could the Arctic be ice-free in summer by 2080? Will a new cancer drug be worth its Read More >

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AP Poll Shows Support for GMO Labeling Lessens

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New AP poll finds 66% of Americans back GMO labeling — far lower than the 93% in the 2013 New York Times Poll, Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press reports:… According to a December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of Americans favor requiring food manufacturers to put labels on products that contain genetically modified organisms, or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs. Only 7 percent are opposed to the idea, and 24 percent are Read More >

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Op-Ed in Forbes on the Threat to Philanthropy


This week, Howard Husock extols the benefits of venture philanthropy through this Forbes op-ed. In the op-ed, Husock points out that private entities conduct a significant portion of applied research toward new drug development as referenced in this 2008 Manhattan Institute paper, “The Truth About Drug Innovation”, co-authored by two researchers from the Tufts University Center for the Study of Drug Development, and Institute Fellow Benjamin Zycher: “. . .among. . . thirty-five drugs and Read More >

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Announcing the BIO/Bloomberg Intelligence: 2015 Biotech Industry Outlook Survey


Click here for the BIO/Bloomberg Intelligence: 2015 Biotech Industry Outlook Survey. Your investment plans and budgets all include growth assumptions and market forecasts. Can you trust them? 2014 was another banner year for biotech IPOs, with 81 companies in our industry going public, an increase of nearly 90 percent over 2013. Now we turn our attention to the year ahead and what we can expect. More blue skies or dark clouds?  M&A surpassing last year Read More >

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