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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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Wheat Scientists at Borlaug Dialogues Call for More Research on the Crop

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Dr. Norman Borlaug was an American biologist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate who has been called “the father of the Green Revolution,” “agriculture’s greatest spokesperson”and “The Man Who Saved A Billion Lives”. He is known for his work on solving a series of wheat production problems that were limiting wheat cultivation in Mexico. The work in Mexico not only had a profound impact on agricultural production in Mexico but in many parts of the world as well. In 1970 Norman E. Borlaug Read More >

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BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit: The Power of Partnerships

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This week, the BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit powered partnerships in the industry to advance drug discovery by bringing together patient advocacy organizations, government agencies and industry leaders to discuss how to accelerate R&D, preserve patient access, leverage data and build collaborations focused on empowering patients. The rallying cry that reverberated throughout the event and over Twitter seemed clear from the beginning and Paul Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. captured it Read More >

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Get to Know GMOs Month Continues with the Science Behind GMOs

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During the month of October, GMO Answers encourages you to Get to Know GMOs. Ask your questions and join the conversation online. Each week we’re posting new information to help you get to know GMOs and better understand the role of biotechnology in agriculture. For week one we discussed the biggest misconceptions about GMOs and for week two we covered GMO basics. Moving into week three now, we’re demystifying the science of GMOs, showing how science is used to ensure the safety Read More >

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BIO Submits Joint Supplemental Comments on the USPTO March Guidance

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Last week BIO, alongside a number of member companies and private individuals, submitted supplemental comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office concerning their March 2014 Guidance on patent subject matter eligibility. In July, BIO and international bio-industry associations had submitted comments to the USPTO expressing concern about the Guidance, and its impact on the patent eligibility of biotechnology inventions. Since July, USPTO staff has indicated a final revision to the Guidance would be released Read More >

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