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Chestnut Lovers – Remember Biotech Over Holidays!

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In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica.  This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut tree population.  The chestnut blight was first spotted in 1904 and is believed to have arrived here in Asian chestnut trees. Unfortunately, American chestnuts have no resistance to the fungus, making it Read More >

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World AIDS Day: Act Aware

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is focused on education on HIV/AIDS awareness and applying this knowledge to encourage protection from HIV infection. Many Read More >

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Raising Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month. So many people have heard of diabetes, but yet so few really understand the disease. So this month the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), two advocacy organizations for people with diabetes, are sharing stories (and raising awareness) to help people better understand this complicated disease. Five years ago my daughter Eva was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which is a very different form of Read More >

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Galvanizing Brains to Launch Neuroscience Startups

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We are looking for a few great brains to participate in the Neuro Startup Challenge, and we want you! If you are a Ph.D. student or a postdoctoral fellow interested making an impact on brain health and learning the business of science, consider teaming with a seasoned entrepreneur, MBA students, law school students, and business experts from all around the world to enter the Neuro Startup Challenge.  You will create a business plan, perform a “live pitch” to our esteemed panel of judges and have the Read More >

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RTP, North Carolina Welcomes GMO Answers

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GMO Answers recently hosted its first Open Doors Tour where we invited local bloggers to visit three members of the Council for Biotechnology Information — Syngenta, BASF Plant Science and Bayer CropScience. This opportunity allowed the bloggers to see firsthand how plant biotechnology works. Tour participants were able to follow the lifecycle of a GMO from trait identification to commercialization, and visit the Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center to learn about agriculture and pollinators, and what is Read More >

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