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Engineering Food for All

Nearly ninety percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered.

The New York Times published a thoughtful commentary authored by Nina Fedoroff, Penn State professor of biology and former science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State:  Food prices are at record highs and the ranks of the hungry are swelling once again. A warming climate is beginning to nibble at crop yields worldwide. The United Nations predicts that there will be one to three billion more people to feed by midcentury. Yet even Read More >

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Immunization Awareness Month: The importance of recommended vaccinations

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children prepare to return to school, it is important for them to receive nationally recommended vaccines against diseases such as measles. While reduced incidence of measles in the U.S. has led to widespread complacency about the disease, there were 118 reported cases of measles in this country from January 1 to May 20, 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Measles is a serious disease Read More >

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Non-Communicable Diseases and IP?

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On September 19 and 20, the United Nations meets to potentially adopt a declaration on non-communicable diseases similar to the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.  The diseases of particular focus include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and respiratory disease.  Similar to previous UN initiatives around HIV/AIDS, the meeting will focus on developmental, social and economic impacts and other challenges, particularly for developing countries. UN background documents mention IP and it is possible that UN negotiations may Read More >

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How to Stand Out From the Crowd; Promoting Oklahoma Bioscience

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BIO’s annual International Convention has emerged as a must-attend event for countries, states and regions that are hungry for industry investment. The convention gives them the ideal platform to publicize and promote what they have to offer to industry leaders in terms of economic development opportunities. International and domestic public officials take the time to attend because they recognize the enormous potential of the industry. This year’s event drew more than 100 public officials and Read More >

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Stopping ALS: An interview with Dr. Perrin from ALS TDI

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What is ALS? How widespread is the disease? Are there any treatments for ALS? Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and outside the US as Motor Neuron Disease (MND) or Charcot’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain (upper motor neurons) and spinal cord (lower motor neurons) and affects muscle function. Dr. Steven Perrin is the CEO, CSO and Vice Chairman of the ALS Therapy Read More >

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