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Patent Parameters

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Supreme Court Finds Naturally Occurring DNA to Be Patent Ineligible Last summer, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., which concerned the patent eligibility of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. In Myriad, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The Court also determined, albeit with one caveat, that Read More >

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Turning the Tide on STEM Education

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According to the US Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field. Even among students who do major in a STEM field, only about half go on to work in a related career. As an industry, we have a responsibility to not only prepare today’s students for careers in STEM fields but also to Read More >

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Transforming Healthcare through Digital Innovation

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Imagine being connected to expert health coaches on a daily basis instead of only at your annual doctor’s visit. What would it be like to be told on a real-time, continuous basis how many minutes of exercise at a specific heart rate was required, foods you needed to eat, and behaviors you needed to avoid in order to be feel better and be healthier? What if this information meant you could get off your hypertensive medications Read More >

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Hawaii Stands Firm in Biotech Battle

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If you drove here in the 1990s, you would see nothing but dead papaya trees,” Hawaii resident Dennis Gonsalves told a newspaper reporter last summer. Gonsalves is a scientist and he is credited with helping to save Hawaii’s Papaya industry. Nearly decimated in the early 1990s by the ringspot virus, the livelihood of Hawaii’s papaya farmers was literally saved by biotechnology and the “Rainbow” papaya, which is genetically-engineered to resist the virus. Rainbow papaya makes Read More >

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The New GMO Message

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While farmers around the world – more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries – rely on the solutions that biotechnology helps to provide, the discussion around GMOs in food production has intensified. Much of the concern has been generated by misinformation online and across social media. For over a decade, myths about our members and our products were perpetuated. Our voice was not there, and consumers’ questions went unanswered. Without easy access to the Read More >

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