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Like Dominoes they Fall – the GMO Labeling Bills Nationwide.

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Last week, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (commonly called the state legislature) went into recess. While it is a year-round legislature, bills not passed by the end of last week are now considered dead. This would include the GMO labeling bill which proponents only weeks earlier had proclaimed to be supported by the majorities of both the House and Senate. However, a large coalition of agricultural and food organizations spent several months Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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New study shows hepatitis C burden may ease in future

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Anew study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine projects that the prevalence of hepatitis C will shrink in the coming decades thanks to new medicines and increased screening regimens. Currently, approximately one in 100 people are infected with the virus, and researchers expect that number to drop to about one in 1,500 people by 2036 if patients have timely and affordable treatment. “We were pleasantly surprised that in the next 22 years we could Read More >

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Scotland, Kenya Come Together to Study Livestock Genetics

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Scientists from Scotland and Kenya will work together in a new international center focused on studying livestock genetics to improve the health and productivity of tropical farm animals, according to a statement by the The Roslin Institute. GenomeWeb Daily covered the announcement: A joint effort between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), and Kenya’s International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health will develop technologies to help farmers Read More >

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BIO Submits Comments on “Myriad” PTO Patent Guidance

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On July 31st, BIO, alongside a group of international bioindustry trade associations submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding their March 4, 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. Representing associations from Japan, Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal Belgium, the Netherlands and others, the comments reflect a deep concern among the international community regarding how the PTO is interpreting the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Mayo v. Prometheus and Read More >

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