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Big Things Are Happening within Iowa’s Biotech Industry

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Over the last decade Iowa has built a specialized and diverse bioscience industry. In particular, it has become a national leader in the agricultural biosciences where the state accounts for 10 percent of U.S. employment. As this article from The Scientist demonstrates, Iowa is no longer just an Ag bioscience hub, its significant investments in biopharma R&D are paying off and demonstrating the value of bioscience innovation in growing jobs and improving quality of life.

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Are GE Mosquitos REALLY Scarier Than the Non-Modified Disease-Carrying Kind?

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Florida health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced last week that the state’s 14 new cases of the Zika virus were spread via mosquito-borne transmission.  The announcement prompted the CDC to issue an unprecedented travel warning for the Miami area. The advisory extends to all expectant mothers, and women planning on becoming pregnant who have traveled to a one-square-mile area north of downtown Miami – including Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District Read More >

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Jeffrey Smith: “Our ultimate goal, to eliminate GMOs”

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A post on the Food Science Institute blog details how anti-GMO activist Jeffrey Smith admits that his goal was never to give consumers more information about GMOs through a mandatory labeling program. Referencing Presidential action on Friday, July 29 – when President Obama signed into law S. 764, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard – Smith says: “Although this is clearly a defeat in our campaigns Read More >

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Dolly’s Clones Turn 9 Years Old and Are “Perfectly Healthy”

The Washington Post ran an article July 26 by reporter Rachel Feltman on the offspring of the famous “Dolly the Sheep,” the world’s first animal clone.  Dolly’s legacy and her four cloned offspring are helping researchers better understand the science of animal cloning and how it could lead to breakthroughs in the human health arena: When Dolly the sheep was born 20 years ago, the University of Edinburgh’s famous girl was the first mammal created Read More >

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GMO Labeling Next Steps: “USDA is Preparing for the Onslaught.”

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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 306 to 117 to pass legislation that preempts Vermont’s GMO labeling mandate. The bipartisan agreement reached by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow allows information on GMOs to be disclosed either on food packages or electronically (via QR code or other digital link). While the bill has been sent to the White House for final signature, the battle is far from over according to Politico. In Read More >

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