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Mumps Outbreak in the NHL

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You. Today we’re learning about another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable illness, this time hitting the National Hockey League. MyFoxNY reports that a mumps outbreak is affecting several NHL teams, with at least 9 players infected since November, five of them with the Minnesota Wild Wings. The latest teams with reported cases are the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. MyFoxNY Read More >

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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

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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?

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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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