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Washington State Initiative 522 Losing Momentum and Losing Standing with Voters

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“Its air leaking, I-522′s balloon is going flat” With November 5 rapidly approaching the voters of Washington State, residents are being faced with a contentious piece of legislation on this year’s ballot. Washington State I-522 will require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and food with GE ingredients beginning in 2015. Supported by robust scientific analysis, GE crops have been found to be as safe or safer than conventional as well as organic crops to Read More >

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Neglected Diseases: What if IP was the Cure?

Biopharmaceuticals and Accountable Care Organizations: Balancing Cost and Quality

The Lancet Global Health Journal recently published an article “The drug and vaccine landscape for neglected diseases (2000-11): a systematic assessment” discussing the current research and development ongoing in this area.  They found 1,500 clinical trials were registered for neglected diseases which represents only 1% of all registered clinical trial activity.  Of the 123 new products in development for neglected disease, more than half were vaccines or biological products.  However, the article points out that Read More >

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‘Life According to Sam’ About Hope and Medical Discovery

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HBO is currently airing a documentary about a 13 year old boy named Sam Berns, who is coping with a cruel and rare genetic disease, known as progeria, which ages and weakens its young victims. If you haven’t seen it, you might expect “Life According to Sam” to be a heartbreaking tale of a family’s struggles to cope with something that is out of their control. It is that, but it’s also so much more. Read More >

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2013 World Food Prize Laureate Praises Ag Biotech; Supports GMO Science

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“As a plant scientist, neither I nor my fellow 2013 World Food Prize laureates, Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton and Dr. Robert T. Fraley, anticipated the resistance to genetic modification and biotechnology.” – Dr. Mac Van Montagu, founder and chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach at Ghent University in Belgium. Dr. Marc Van Montagu, winner of the 2013 World Prize, recently wrote a commendable op-ed arguing how a lack of acceptance surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms Read More >

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RNAi: From Medicine to Agriculture

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At BIO, our member companies are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. They are working everyday to improve the human condition by curing the sick, feeding the hungry, and developing cleaner, safer and healthier sources of energy. And they are accomplishing this by using innovative biotechnology tools, such as RNA interference, or RNAi, in both basic research and product development. RNAi is a biological process, occurring Read More >

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