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Genetically Modified Cattle With Human DNA Might Hold Ebola Cure

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Maggie Fox reported for NBC news on exciting research taking place in Sioux Falls, S.D. to combat the Ebola virus with the help of genetically modified cattle: On a farm outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle are busy incubating antibodies against the Ebola virus. Researchers hope the cattle – which certainly don’t look like anything special – will produce gallons of blood plasma that could be used to treat Read More >

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UK Government Adviser: Organic Farming Not Always Best

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The Guardian reported on remarks by a UK government scientific adviser stating that organic farming could be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, because of the greater land use required and the methods used. Lord Krebs, who advises ministers on how to adapt to climate change, told the Oxford Farming Conference that organic farming did not necessarily mean more environmentally friendly farming. Instead, he suggested, agricultural methods known as “no-till” – which usually Read More >

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Patently Biotech’s Top Articles of 2014

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It’s been a whirlwind year for IP. From international trade negotiations, to revised PTO guidelines and dropping patent case stats, intellectual property is on the brain and in the news. Here are Patently Biotech’s top blog posts of 2014: TPP and IP: The Economic Benefits of a Pacific Trade Agreement Should the USPTO allow the patenting of living organisms? Gene Patent Questions Remain: USPTO Issues Examiner Guidelines Stopped at the Threshold: A New Study Reports Read More >

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Scientists, Regulators Brief NRC Committee on GE Crops

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The National Research Council’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Committee held its second public meeting in Washington, DC, its latest round of scientific review for biotech crops and genetically engineered foods. On December 10, the Committee heard from scientists – including representatives from industry – using novel GE techniques to introduce new traits into crops.  Also, representatives from USDA, EPA, and FDA described their agency’s experience in overseeing GE crop regulation. The NRC’s GE Crops Committee Read More >

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Indian Patents Ensure Wide Access to Drugs, Without Raising Prices

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Two recent studies on Indian drugs have shown that patent protection does not dramatically increase prices, but does ensure widespread access to life saving therapeutics. This research confirms that a weak patent environment slows drug availability and hinders treatment to many people in need. Data Shows Little Change in Indian Drug Prices after Implementing Stronger Patent System In a new report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, scholars found that patented drugs did not Read More >

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