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Moving Beyond the Stem Cell Stalemate

Michael Werner

By Michael J. Werner, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine For the past several years, attendees at the World Stem Cell Summit have focused their energies primarily on legislative and legal efforts to protect human embryonic stem cell research. When folks gather at this year’s meeting, they will once again confront the reality that research opponents will continue to try to block these efforts. James Sherley has filed an appeal to the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit Read More >

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Anthrax Attacks 10 Year Anniversary: BioCentury Looks at Preparedness

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A decade ago in the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the nation faced yet another terrorist threat. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to two U.S. senators and several media outlets, killing five people and sickening 17 others. It was the deadliest biological attack in U.S. history, and resulted in the largest and most expensive investigation in FBI history. Biosecurity experts believe that another bioterrorist attack is imminent, and the impact could Read More >

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Want a less abundant and more expensive food supply? Rally against biotech

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As millions of Americans struggle during these tough economic times, one thing we don’t have to worry about is food. Because of the wonderful work of our farmers, ranchers and growers, people in the United States don’t have to worry about whether there’s enough to eat. A recent USDA study suggested that just six to seven percent of our paychecks goes to the grocery store. American consumers spend less for their groceries than virtually anybody Read More >

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Poultry, Beef Producers Tell Their Story to House Ag Committee

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On Sept. 14, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a public hearing to examine the issue of feed availability and its effect on the livestock, dairy, and poultry industries. Members of the subcommittee heard testimony from animal producers and their industry associations, who as a group called for an end to the Renewable Fuel Standard and other biofuel support policies or at minimum a suspension of the RFS if corn supplies Read More >

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Australian Senate Committee Recommends Against Banning ‘Gene Patents’

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The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recommended against the Patent Amendment (Human Genes and Biological Materials) which would have banned DNA patents in Australia.  The push by members of the Australian Senate seemed to mirror efforts in the United States surrounding the Myriad case. The Committee found that: “While previous inquiries and public discussions have focused on the patenting of human genes, the Bill goes further and proposes a specific exclusion for biological materials which Read More >

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