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Could GM Mosquitoes Save Hawaii’s Endangered Birds?

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Genetically modified mosquitoes could be the solution to Hawaii’s quickly disappearing avian population, including the island’s famous honeycreepers, writes Michael Specter in The New Yorker: Every four years, thousands of environmentalists gather at the World Conservation Congress to assess the state of the planet, and to consider what might be done to protect it. The 2016 congress was held in Hawaii, which is fitting, since the state is often referred to as the endangered-species capital Read More >

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Opinion: “Florida’s families Depend on a Healthy Attitude Toward biotech”

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Mary Hartney, President of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association, recently submitted an opinion piece to The Ledger arguing that Floridians need to develop a healthier attitude towards biotech. In her piece, A Polk Perspective: Florida’s families depend on a healthy attitude toward biotech, explains that as a mother of two teenage daughters she worries over what kind of future they will have if activists block advances in the application of biotechnology. Read below an excerpt of her submission: Florida needs this technology to fight diseases in agriculture Read More >

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High Tech Animals Stuck On the Shelf

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David Warmflash writes for the Genetic Literacy Project about the challenges being faced by innovators using genetically engineered animals to solve some of the world’s most pressing health, environmental and societal problems.  Warmflash is an astrobiologist, physician and science writer: If genetically modified (GM) and genetically edited (GE) plants face an uphill battle in moving from proof-of-concept to the dinner tables of consumers, then GM and GE animals are up against a proverbial Mount Everest. Read More >

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We Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

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BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote an op-ed in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on the genetically engineered Oxitec mosquito, which promises to reduced mosquito populations and lessen the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika: The Centers for Disease Control has now confirmed a link between the Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly, increasing the urgency of finding a cure before the height of the mosquito season. Although scientists have made significant progress in Read More >

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The Zika Virus and Global Food Security – Connection?

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Yes, there is a connection! Marshall Matz, agriculture and global food security expert at OFW Law, explains this connection and how genetic energy can meet both challenges in his piece recently published by AgriPulse. Matz discusses that despite the strong relationship between health care, nutrition and food security, the public has a varying acceptance of each issue:  Q.  Is there a connection between the Zika virus and global food security? A.   Yes. Genetic engineering has an important role Read More >

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