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2011: A Pivotal Year for Biotechnology

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Biotechnology continues to hold the greatest promise to address many of the most critical issues facing our world. Continued innovation will lead to breakthrough new and improved cures and treatments for patients living with debilitating diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and Parkinson’s; enhanced agricultural products to feed a growing global population while protecting the environmental health of our planet; vaccines to protect against bioterrorism; and revolutionary biofuels. The ability of BIO members to continue Read More >

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Approval for AIDS Vaccine at Canadian University

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The Food and Drug Administration has given Canadian researchers approval to test a vaccine for HIV/AIDS on humans. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario are hopeful that with further tests, a vaccine could be on the market in about five years. Similar to the approaches used to develop vaccines for polio, influenza, rabies and hepatitis A, the vaccine is the first based on a genetically modified, killed whole virus and is the only HIV Read More >

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Cornell to Build Applied Sciences Campus in NYC

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Earlier this week New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city will be providing land for the development of a multi-billion dollar high-tech science college. The science and research facility to be built on little-used property on Roosevelt Island is hoped to become a leading incubator for high-tech research and innovation. Plans are for classes to start in 2012, although the campus will take years to be completed. By 2018 it aims to Read More >

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AAAS Trains Student Scientists in the Art of Science Communication

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Rahman A. Culver, project director, American Association for the Advancement of Science From grant writing to interaction with their community, today’s young scientists must also be able science communicators. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. The lessons they learn through the fellowship experience will benefit their career path and help them increase public understanding of science and technology. Read More >

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2012: A Critical Year for Biotechnology

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In 2012, we must continue to look for ways to reduce risk; enhance reward; reduce uncertainty; and reinforce the position of the industry as a major contributor resolving society’s most pressing needs. Policies to encourage investment in innovation and to speed discovery to scientific breakthroughs simply must be the priority in 2012. The industry relies on a policy and regulatory environment that encourages innovation for much needed treatments and cures for some of the most Read More >

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