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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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Technology Transfer Symposium in San Francisco

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In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee that this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the Read More >

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Is Animal Biotechnology Progressing?

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By David Edwards, PhD Director, Animal Biotechnology, BIO One year ago, I was pleased to testify before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC).  The FDA convened its VMAC meetings on September 19-21, 2010 to discuss an application for a genetically engineered (GE) salmon. Developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, a BIO member, the AquAdvantage salmon has been genetically engineered to grow year-round.  Conventional salmon only grow in warmer months.  This Read More >

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Biotechnology Industry Initiative to Improve U.S. Science Education

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By Bianca Blanks, Biotechnology Institute Industry responds to President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign with “Scientists in the Classroom” initiative The Biotechnology Institute supports STEM education and has a vision to capture the imagination of youth, to inspire the next generation to learn life science and biotechnology, and transform society’s expectations so that all citizens may appreciate the importance of biotechnology to society. The Biotechnology Institute’s Scientists in the Classroom initiative is the life science industry’s Read More >

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Doggonn It! This Kitty May Be Researchers’ New Best Friend

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The glow-in-the-dark cat is out of the bag. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have genetically modified domestic cats to resist the feline form of AIDS. As reported in the journal Nature Methods, this new achievement is a milestone in the ongoing quest to protect humans from the virus. And yes, these kitties glow in the dark. A green fluorescent protein was added to a gene from rhesus macaque monkeys that is known Read More >

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