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Sugar Beet Farmers Hope for Senate Action on GMO Preemption

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Discussions about a potential legislative solution to the GMO food labeling debate have prompted farmers to weigh in, especially sugar beet farmers who are concerned that some food companies are switching from beet sugar to cane sugar to avoid disclosing GMOs on their food labels. Philip Brasher writes for Agri-Pulse that leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee are working on a possible compromise bill that could head off state GMO labeling requirements, the first of Read More >

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ICYMI: Rep. Hatch Slams Possible Obama Move on Drug Prices

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In a hearing held on Thursday to review the Department of Health and Human Services 2017 budget, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) pressed HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on whether or not the Obama Administration is planning to issue an executive order that would allow the government to negotiate drug prices. Read more in the Washington Examiner. Video of Thursday’s hearing can be found on the Senate Finance Committee website.

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Jim Greenwood on “Time is Precious”

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Jim Greenwood, President & CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization discusses the organizations new campaign, Time is Precious. Greenwood says, “… if we are going to continue to create new treatments and cures we are going to have to continue to invest and attract investment capital.”  Watch the full interview below.

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WSJ: “You can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances.”

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Check out today’s Wall Street Journal Editorial, highlighting why you can’t make medical progress by punishing medical advances. The editorial highlight’s how political attacks on the innovation ecosystem undermine the ability to bring important advances to patients. It notes that new initiatives, such as the Administration’s cancer “moonshot,” will be less likely to find success if short-sighted politicians create “investment uncertainty” that will drive away private capital away from the biopharmaceutical sector.” Read more in Read More >

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Transgenic Mosquito Ready to Join War on Zika Virus

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A number of media outlets are reporting on the mosquito-borne Zika virus and how concern is growing as cases are identified within the United States. Officials at the World Health Organization said Thursday that the Zika virus is “is now spreading explosively” with the disease in 23 countries and territories in the Americas, according to a CNN report. A Reuters report offers hope that a genetically modified mosquito can reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes spreading Read More >

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