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GMO Labeling Wack-a-Mole: Oregon and Colorado Consider Ballot Initiatives

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As many state legislatures have concluded their sessions, one might think the debate around GMO labeling legislation would fade. But now, new ballot initiatives are raising their heads. Backers of a state-wide initiative in Oregon that would require labels for foods containing GMOs turned in more than 155,000 signatures last week, virtually guaranteeing a spot on the November ballot. Likewise in Colorado, a labeling proponent group has gathered at least 75,000 signatures, nearing the 86,105 Read More >

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New CDC Tool to Track Antibiotic Use & Resistance

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Antibiotic resistance is quickly becoming one of the most serious threats facing our health care system. Last fall, the CDC issued a report which found that 2 million people acquire an antibiotic resistant infection each year in the US, of whom at least 23,000 die as a result. To help address this threat, the CDC is releasing a new tool, the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module, which will enable all hospitals in the Read More >

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Scientists React to Republished Séralini GMO Maize Rat Study

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A controversial study, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”, purporting to show that glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe.  The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize glyphosate-resistant type of maize (corn) suffered kidney, liver, tumors, and pituitary problems. The Séralini study was retracted last Read More >

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Industrial and Environmental Highlights from BIO 2014

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The 2014 BIO International Convention drew 15,667 industry leaders, including nearly 2,500 CEO’s, from 50 states and 70 countries.  This year’s event was held June 23-26, in San Diego, CA. The BIO Business Forum hosted a record-breaking 29,000+ scheduled one-on-one partnering meetings between more than 3,100 companies, and featured 192 company presentations. View highlights here.  Furthermore, the BIO Exhibition featured more than 1,800 exhibitors and covered over 160,000 square feet with 55 State and International Pavilions. BIO welcomed Read More >

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A Modern Solution to Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease as well as gluten intolerance is widespread amongst the population, but recently a team of talented researchers may have found the solution to their distress- genetically modified wheat. Researchers Cristina Rosella, Francisco Barrob, Carolina Sousac, and Ma Carmen Menad investigated ways to ‘silence’ protein coding genes that are responsible for triggering adverse immune responses in those with celiac disease.   Their research as recently published in the Journal of Cereal Science.  Jefferson Adams of Read More >

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