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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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The Future of Renewable Chemicals


On Monday, the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, heard from three companies and their perspectives on the future of renewable chemicals. Carolyn Fritz, Allylix, led the session and provided great insight to the similarities and differences among DuPont, BASF, and Green Biologics throughout the discussion. Markus Pompejus provided BASF’s perspective on biobased chemicals. BASF understands that sustainability is a goal of many of their customers including the brand owners who are Read More >

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House Committee Examines GM Food Ingredients and FDA Regulation

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It was a big day for agricultural biotechnology in our nation’s capital. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing today on the labeling of genetically modified foods and specifically looked at proposed legislation aimed at remedying the contentious debate. The Safe and Affordable Food Act, HR 4432, would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in food labeling. The bill: reaffirms Read More >

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Now What is Patentable?


On Tuesday of the Pacific Rim Summit, experts from Knobbe Martens, BIO, and Synthetic Genomics explored the legal, policy and business implications of the Myriad decision, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) guidance on patentable subject matter under Myriad issued earlier this year, and the revised Myriad guidance expected from the PTO later this year. The Patent Copyright Clause, United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 8: To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by Read More >

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Wall Street Journal Highlights Promising Gene Therapy Advances

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Yesterday, bluebird bio reported some very uplifting news at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. Two patients with beta-thalassemia, a genetic disorder which normally requires regular blood transfusions, have been able to forgo transfusions for at least five months following a gene therapy treatment from bluebird. The Wall Street Journal’s Ron Winslow reports: Bluebird bio’s treatment involves extracting blood stem cells from a patient, treating them with a functioning version of the defective Read More >

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