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Golden Rice Petition Draws 5,000+ Supporters

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If the authors of the Change.org petition condemning the destruction of Golden Rice field trials intended for the outrage to go viral, they have succeeded.  As this blog is posted, 5,239 people have signed onto the petition – most from the scientific community and added their comments urging that scientific advances not be impeded by uninformed activists. In addition, the furor in the media arena and blogosphere continues. Mark Lynas, UK-based environmentalist and former anti-GMO Read More >

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New FDA Final Guidance on Clinical Trial Institutional Review Boards

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On Tuesday, August 27th, the FDA finalized its Guidance for Institutional Review Boards, Clinical Investigators and Sponsors on Institutional Review Board Responsibilities for Reviewing the Qualifications of Investigators, Adequacy of Research Sites, and the Determination of Whether an Investigational New Drug/Investigational Device Exemption is Needed.  In an article published earlier today, the Pink Sheet’s Sarah Karlin summarized the goals of this guidance as strengthening human subject protection during clinical research and increasing the efficiency of Read More >

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What a Patent is Not

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‘Patent trolls.’  ‘Patients over patents.’  ‘Do Not Patent My Genes.’  ‘Patents ate my baby.’  Ok, so I made the last one up.  The emphasis on patents in the public discourse has reached a new high.  Yet, many commentators get the basics wrong.  Here are a few things that a patent is not. A patent is not ownership of a thing, whether it is life, genes, viruses, computer code, or any other animate or inanimate object.  Read More >

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BIO’s Jobs Listing Website Connects Industry with Talent

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Less than a month after BIO Jobs was launched, it has already attracted over 37,000 unique visitors. This is quite a feat for a website uniquely focused on facilitating biotechnology employment opportunities. BIO Jobs is the only site of its kind catering to the specialized employment requirements of biotechnology companies. Because many fields within this industry require specific skills and training, it can often be difficult to find qualified candidates for position openings. BIO Jobs offers the following Read More >

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The Dangers of Being Misinformed: Latest Measles Outbreak

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USA Today covered the latest measles outbreak in today’s print edition (see story: Texas Measles Outbreak Linked to Church).  Since measles is still common in many parts of the world, travelers can bring it into the country and infect adults and children who have not been vaccinated. This latest outbreak resulted when a visitor to Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas spread the disease to other members and visitors of the church after contracting Read More >

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