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BIO Deputy General Counsel Remarks on Revised Eligibility Guidance

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Hans Sauer, BIO’s Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property recently spoke at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s public forum on patent-eligible subject matter. The forum was a chance for the Office to receive public feedback regarding the most recently revised Eligibility Guidance for determining subject matter under 35 U.S.C. 1010. Biotechnology advocates are concerned that PTO examiners have interpreted recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, including those in Alice Corp, Myriad, and Mayo Read More >

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GMO Answers…well, Answers “What are Some Safety Problems with GMOs?”

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GMO Answers recently received the question “What are Some Safety Issues with GMOs?”  Site expert Robert Wager M.Sc., a faculty member in the Biology Department, at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, answered this question below. “When discussing safety of GM crops and derived food it is easier to separate the food safety aspects from the environmental aspects.  This answer will deal with food safety issues. Every GM crop is extensively tested for food Read More >

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One High School Student Dreams Big With Industrial Biotech

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The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has announced winners of its annual “Ideas Matter Essay Contest,” a scholarship competition for Arkansas high school students. Students were asked to submit an idea and a plan for how they would turn it into action to address one of these challenges- (1) improving global health, (2) increasing opportunities for women and girls, (3) reducing childhood obesity and preventable diseases, (4) creating economic opportunity and growth, and (5) helping communities address Read More >

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The Hill: Will Support for Biomedical Research Be Dead on Arrival?

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In an op-ed over at The Hill, Dr. Claire Pomeroy, an infectious disease specialist and president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, discusses an important question: “How is it that the United States, which has historically held the global lead in medical innovation, was caught flat-footed by Ebola?” Dr. Pomeroy points to a lack of federal funding for medical research as one of the primary culprits for our lack of effective Ebola answers, a Read More >

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Environmental Group Praises the Carbon Benefits of Gasoline

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Groundhog Day arrived ahead of schedule this year, as the World Resources Institute launched its annual attack on biofuels. But the yearly ritual took on a tinge of April Fools’ Day as the environmental group oddly advocated that the U.S. firmly establish the blend wall in regulatory rules and thereby guarantee fossil fuels a 90 percent share of the gasoline market. The institute released a “new” report titled “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Read More >

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