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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In the United States, more than one million people are infected with HIV, with an estimated 50,000 newly diagnosed each year. While African Americans make up only 12-14 percent of the U.S. population they account for nearly half (44 percent) of all the new HIV infections in the U.S. (CDC). Today, as the United States observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’d like to take a look at some of the scientific advancements made in Read More >

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France’s Failure: GMOs and The Green Revolution

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A notable piece titled France Fails Science Test was recently published in Cosmos by Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnes E. Ricroch, three plant biologists who wonderfully illustrate how French politics beats scientific reason when it comes to the debate on GMOs. The article argues that France has far strayed from the footsteps of Norma Borlaug, once named the “Father of the Green Revolution,” and has forgotten the role that plant breeding has played in Read More >

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Genes are Like Recipes

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A common question we hear about biotechnology deals with the actual process of genetic modification: How do we know an inserted gene does only what it is supposed to do?  On our GMO Answers site, Dr. Alan McHughen, a molecular geneticist and professor at the University of California, Riverside, explains that genetic modification works only because all living things use the same genetic language, so a human gene transferred to bacteria will work the same way Read More >

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BIO CEO: Five Prime Therapeutics Company Snapshot

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Five Prime Therapeutics is another company that will be presenting at next week’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference. They will be among 20 other presenters at the event who debuted an IPO in the last two years. Read below to learn more about their work, and what to expect from them at the event. Company Snapshot What is your company’s lead product or technology? Five Prime focuses on discovering and developing novel protein therapeutics for Read More >

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BIO Gearing Up to Announce the 2014 Washington Carver Award Recipient

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BIO will present the 7th annual George Washington Carver Award to a key innovator who has changed the landscape for the industrial biotechnology industry at its annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology which will be held May 12-15, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. This award emphasizes the important goal of using biotech innovation to develop sustainable bio-based value-chains. Born in slavery, around 1864, George Washington Carver became a prominent leader in the field of plant biology, Read More >

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