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CDC Report: C. diff Infections Associated with 29,000 Deaths per Year in US; Vaccines Could Provide Solution

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Last month, the CDC released a new study on the impact of microbial super bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) with some very disturbing findings. The study found that 29,000 deaths in the U.S. were associated with the bug in 2011, and nearly half a million Americans suffered infections. About half of those deaths, or 15,000, were estimated to be directly attributable to the infection. Elderly patients are most vulnerable to C. diff infections, with over Read More >

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You May Be Surprised to Know That It’s National Ag Week

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As we celebrate the beginning of Spring, we can also celebrate the start of National Ag Week and Ag Day. National Ag Week is a period to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture.  Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Agri-Pulse, a leader in reporting on the latest in agricultural information, will hold a series of events in celebration of Read More >

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USDA Secretary Vilsack Addresses Attendees at Coexistence Workshop

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On March 12 – 13, 2015 at North Carolina State University (NCSU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a Stakeholder Workshop on Coexistence to advance an understanding of agricultural coexistence and discuss opportunities for making coexistence more achievable and a basic consideration for all stakeholders.  Coexistence is the concurrent cultivation of conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP), and genetically engineered (GE) crops consistent with farmer choices and consumer preferences.  To learn more on coexistence and its history, read Read More >

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BIO 2015 to Welcome Veteran Journalist and Author Tom Brokaw

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Often considered one of the most respected voices in broadcast journalism, Tom Brokaw is a legend not only for his work with NBC News but also for his story-telling ability, namely with his best-selling book, The Greatest Generation. Tom Brokaw has spent his entire celebrated journalistic career with NBC News, beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counter culture, Read More >

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BIO and University Organizations offer Support of STRONG Patents Act

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On March 4, 2015, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a new bill, The STRONG Patents Act of 2015. Sponsored alongside Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill is offered as a complement to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte’s (R-VA) Innovation Act, which many in the biotech sector see as an imbalanced bill. The STRONG Patents Act of 2015 would target the abusive practices of patent trolls in a narrowly tailored setting, Read More >

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