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Joint U.S.-Brazil Communique Demonstrates Commitment to Collaboration

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In June, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with President Barack Obama to reaffirm their commitment to strengthening traditional ties, expand trade, and investment cooperation by issuing a Joint Communique which recognizes the work sharing potential of each country. This important milestone in U.S.-Brazilian diplomatic relations underscores the importance of supporting bilateral biofuels and biomedicine innovation by eliminating obstacles to the growth of investment, research and innovation. BIO invites you to learn more about the effect Read More >

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New Brazilian Biodiversity Law Provides Opportunities for Innovation

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Brazil has a large share of the world’s biodiversity, which can be better explored since the new Act. No 13.123/15, recently sanctioned by the President. This law implements measures that can contribute to greater access to Brazilian biodiversity and change the current scenario of innovation originated from natural products. Researchers from the main Brazilian research centers use different plant extracts aiming the identification of compounds with potential use in the pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, agriculture, among Read More >

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Stop Vandalizing Science!

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On Thursday, March 5, at 6 a.m., around 1,000 female members of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) armed with sticks and knives broke into a cellulose company in San Paulo State and destroyed millions of samples of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus saplings.  Fox News and a number of international media outlets reported. The MST said in a communique that its activists invaded the facilities of FuturaGene Brasil Tecnologia, a company owned by Suzano Papel y Celulosa where genetic modification Read More >

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Report Shows Continued Global Growth in Biotech Crops

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The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its report today on the current global plantings of GM Crops.  The report, Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015, highlights the accumulated hectarage of biotech crops grown in 2014 as well as the key benefits of biotechnology, including alleviation of poverty and hunger by boosting the income of risk-averse small, resource-poor farmers around the world.   According to the report, the United States continued as the lead Read More >

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GE Mosquitos May Be on Their Way to the Florida Keys

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The GE Mosquito made its debut when it was first introduced in Brazil to help fight Dengue Fever. BIO’s blog Brazil Fights Back Dengue Fever with GE Mosquito covers this story. Now, Oxitec’s genetically modified mosquito (Aedes aegypti) may be unleashed in the Florida Keys to help fight killer mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases. Washington Post covered the story here: Thanks to climate change and globalization, the Keys are also increasingly home to killer tropical diseases such as dengue fever and chikungunya Read More >

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