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Bee Care Team is Buzzing in North Carolina

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Too many people don’t know enough about agriculture and food production. But even fewer know about the important role that bees play in maintaining healthy farming systems. Bees are necessary for plant pollination. Yet many colonies are disappearing due to increasing disease and environmental threats, including a syndrome called Colony Collapse Disorder. “Healthy pollinators are incredibly important in creating and maintaining a healthy, nutritious and sustainable food supply,” says Dick Rogers, apiologist/entomologist with Bayer CropScience. Read More >

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The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine

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The pace of implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a clinical context, which almost rivals the development of the technology over the past decade, is driving the cost of a full genome sequence down to just a few thousand dollars. Diagnostic companies and medical centers are now routinely offering comprehensive genome analysis, as evidenced by the recent report from Baylor College of Medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first 250 patients Read More >

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BIO Hosts Rep. Scott Peters at 2013 Pac Rim Summit

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In a recent press release, BIO announced that Rep. Scott Peters (D), of the 52nd Congressional District of California, will deliver opening remarks at the 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. BIO’s unique conference, focusing on the growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas, will be co-organized by Biocom and held in San Diego, December 8-11, 2013 at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter. “I am honored to welcome BIO and its member organizations Read More >

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Farmers Will Respond Sustainably to Increased Demand for Food and Fuel

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News of this year’s corn crop should put to rest the debate over whether the nation’s corn crop is redirected for fuel use at the expense of feed for livestock. With the release of its 2013 corn crop report, the USDA has estimated that this year’s corn harvest will hit a new record of 13.99 billion bushels, which is 7% larger than the previous year. Additionally, corn prices are projected at $4.10-$4.90 per bushel, the Read More >

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Patents Improve Public Health: Progressive Economy Reviews TRIPS at 20 Years

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Progressive Economy released a research paper examining the effect of TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) on global health. Here are their findings quoted from their press release: “1. Since the TRIPS agreement went into effect on New Year’s Day 1995, research and development spending has risen significantly worldwide (relative to the size of GDP). For OECD members, the rise is from 2.1 percent to 2.4 percent of GDP, or in practice an additional $220 Read More >

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