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You Can Thank GMOs for Lower Prices at the Grocery Store

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Our new column over at Forbes.com explains just how genetically modified foods can benefit society, and your pocketbook. There are many factors that determine the price of the food in your grocery store: demand, weather, global markets, food quality, pests/disease control, regulation, transportation, and labor costs, just to name a few. Whenever farmers can control one of these factors, the more beneficial it is to the consumer. And genetically modified (GM) crops allow farmers to Read More >

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Development of a Novel Zika Vaccine with MVA-VLP Technology

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Since the World Health Organization (WHO) first designated the Zika virus an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016, public health officials have become increasingly alarmed. On April 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirming the previous suspicions that Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly – a condition where children are born with unusually small heads. The virus is Read More >

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We Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

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BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote an op-ed in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on the genetically engineered Oxitec mosquito, which promises to reduced mosquito populations and lessen the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika: The Centers for Disease Control has now confirmed a link between the Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly, increasing the urgency of finding a cure before the height of the mosquito season. Although scientists have made significant progress in Read More >

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Lupus Awareness Month: Help Us Solve The Cruel Mystery

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Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus ravages different parts of the body, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system, including skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidney and brain. There is only one drug designed specifically approved to treat lupus, although there are other treatments that are commonly prescribed off-label and several potential new treatments in development Read More >

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Life Sciences Roundtable Event Addressed the Value of Innovation

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Yesterday, BIO’s Jeanne Haggerty, Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations, participated in a roundtable discussion with Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA-45), the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) and UC Irvine Biological Sciences School for at the Beckman Laser Institute. Rep. Walters shared with the group an update on the biotechnology federal landscape. The roundtable further addressed policies that bolster life sciences innovation, research and development, patient access to care and more. A special thanks to Read More >

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