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On GE Animals, Taking Initiative through Guidance on Stewardship

BIO hosted a successful special session on August 20th where the first public presentation was made of the BIO Guidance on Genetically Engineered (GE) Animal Stewardship with 100 international scientists and government officials in the audience of the 7th Transgenic Animal Conference, Tahoe, Calif. Why is a stewardship program important to those working in research and development with GE animals? Stewardship is the initiative and processes undertaken by product developers in industry, academia and other Read More >

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Tools in the 21st Century Tool Box: “Hot Science” on GE Animals

Today’s program at the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., hit the “hot science”, as one researcher from Germany noted during lunch. The research on genetically engineered (GE) animals will reap huge dividends in societal benefits to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. I was particularly impressed by the Chinese researchers from State Key Lab of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing. In 2001 they began studying six different genes in GE cattle which Read More >

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Scientists Enthusiastic About Potential for Genetically Engineered Animals

“We have the first approval in the United States – I see so many exciting things coming in the future from GE (genetically engineered) animals – now is our time” urged a scientist attending the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., August 17-21. There are compelling benefits from the research and development of GE animals for society such as advancing human health, improving foods, enhancing animal welfare and reducing the environmental footprint of Read More >

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The Perfect Storm or Opportunity? Creating Global Food Security and Public Health Benefits Requires Food and Agricultural Research

Research on agriculture and food production is one of the foundations of modern society. According to one of my colleagues, it’s a proven fact that people who eat food live longer than people who do not. Just about everyone knows that a balanced diet can lead to better health. In the United States, we take our food – and all those benefits – for granted. We expect that our food will be easily available, safe, Read More >

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The Sustainability of Biotechnology

I was reading the blog post, Living Whole Through Sustainable Agriculture, when I came across the blog’s definition of sustainable agriculture: “Sustainable agriculture is not a singular approach to production agriculture, but rather a range of practices–a system– including: integrated pest management, organic farming, crop rotations, crop selection, planting practices that reduce soil erosion.” This needs a little clarification. Sustainable agriculture can certainly include organic farming, but it is not limited to organic cultivation techniques. Read More >

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