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Labeling Initiatives Fall in 2014 Elections; Maui Farmers Brace for Legal Fight

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The ag, biotech and food communities watched closely as the results of ballot initiatives in Colorado (Proposition 105) and Oregon (Measure 92) unfolded in the wake of the November 4 elections. Like previous ballet initiatives in California in 2012 and Washington State in 2013, the Colorado and Oregon proposals would have required the mandatory labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients. Voters in both Colorado and Oregon voted against the labeling initiatives, with the Colorado measure Read More >

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The Term GMO Has Multiple Facets

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PRI (Public Radio International)‘s Innovation Hub published a recent blog discussing why the term GMO has become ‘scientifically meaningless’. The story was first published as a blog post from PRI’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller. The blog is interesting because it reminds us that each biotech crop should be looked at on a case-to-case basis. The term Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) can be seen as having with having multiple interpretations: The reality is that GMOs — and the discussion around them — are more nuanced than many of us assume. And that starts Read More >

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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association: Success Factors Driving Industry-Patient Group Partnerships

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At this year’s BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit, a major theme was the power of partnerships between patient advocacy groups and other stakeholders including industry, government, and academia. One patient group which has been very successful at creating and leveraging partnerships to advance the drug development process is the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association (CMTA), a group representing patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. CMT is the most common hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy, affecting about 150,000 patients Read More >

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U-T San Diego Commentary: Lack of Preparedness to Ebola Is Symptom of Larger Disease

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Last week, the U-T San Diego published an op-ed by Betrand Liang, CEO of Pfenex Inc., a BIO member, arguing that our current lack of vaccines and therapies for Ebola is a symptom of a larger problem. That problem, Liang argues, is a lack of funding for critical biodefense programs which Congress passed in 2004 as a way to prepare us for biological agents like anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola, as well as chemical, radiological, and Read More >

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Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Now to Ensure Protection

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With flu season – and holiday travel – just around the corner, right now is a good time to get an annual flu vaccine (whether you opt for a shot or the nasal spray), which is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the flu. Flu season in America most commonly peaks between December and January. It typically takes about two weeks after you are vaccinated for protective antibodies to build up Read More >

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