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After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish Read More >

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Senate Hearing Stresses Confidence in the Safety, Regulation of GMOs

As the debate over GMO food labeling and the use of biotechnology in agriculture has evolved, the Senate Committee on Agriculture hosted a hearing today, “Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives,” to hear perspectives from agency officials, food producers and consumer groups.  Committee members also asked witnesses their perspectives on whether or not GMO foods should require labels.  Committee members emphasized the need for science-based policies and the witness testimonies mostly Read More >

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FOIA Attacks Against Biotech Scientists Get Personal

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Much has been written and discussed online about the relationships between independent researchers and industry groups.  New York Times reporter Eric Lipton wrote about this in a detailed September 5 article, “Food Industry Enlisted Academics in GMO Lobbying War, Emails Show”. Lipton’s article comes about 6 months after U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) filed FOIA requests for emails and documents of more than forty public university faculty and staff members seeking to link these individuals Read More >

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Academics Weigh In on Journal Article: “GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health”

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An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by biotech critics Philip Landrigan and Charles Benbrook condemns the use of GMO crops and herbicides.  Ultimately, the authors offer a pair of personal recommendations calling for the EPA to delay its permit for Enlist Duo, a new combination herbicide comprising glyphosate plus 2,4-D; and urging for the mandatory labeling of GM foods. Push back on the article and Landrigan’s and Benbrook’s recommendations has been Read More >

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Watch-Out Tech Industry, Biotech is on the Rise in San Francisco

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When thinking about the industries that make up San Francisco’s vibrant economy, biopharma is often overshadowed by the Bay Area’s reputation as a tech hotspot. But in reality, health care outpaced the tech sector in 2014 by generating over $28 billion in economic activity and employing over 20% of San Francisco workers. The Bay Area is a hub of innovation for growing biotechs looking to connect with the right investors, which is why BIO chose Read More >

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