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“America Speaks” Poll Shows Health Research is Key to Economic Recovery

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By Mary Woolley, President of Research!America Research!America’s 12th edition of America Speaks, an annual summary of our public opinion polls, shows that Americans are deeply concerned about our country’s ability to create jobs and compete globally. In fact, 77 percent of those polled say that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation and more than half of Americans (58 percent) do not believe we are making enough progress in medical Read More >

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The Future of the Bioscience on Display in Arizona

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In this increasingly global economy, science education programs in America are the vital pipeline for developing the bioscience workforce of the future. Sadly, only 52 percent of 12th graders are at or above a basic level of achievement in the sciences, and for 8th graders only 57 percent are at a basic level of achievement. This is why BIO is such a strong advocate of programs that encourage and support students who have an interest Read More >

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Diabetes and Biotechnology: A Shared History…A Great Future

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia One of my closest childhood friends suffered from Type I Diabetes. Like millions of other children and adults his daily life was frequently interrupted with finger pokes, sugar level tests, and insulin shots. Having grown up with a friend afflicted with Diabetes and knowing dozens of others, throughout my life, with the same disease, it was very rewarding to produce a film on the topic. Although Bobby and Read More >

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Doggonn It! This Kitty May Be Researchers’ New Best Friend

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The glow-in-the-dark cat is out of the bag. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have genetically modified domestic cats to resist the feline form of AIDS. As reported in the journal Nature Methods, this new achievement is a milestone in the ongoing quest to protect humans from the virus. And yes, these kitties glow in the dark. A green fluorescent protein was added to a gene from rhesus macaque monkeys that is known Read More >

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‘Gene Patents’ Stifle Research?

'Gene Patents' Stifle Research?

The Federal Trade Commission has noted that “concern previously centered on the belief that biotechnology patent protection was too strong” and “would actually obstruct commercialization on new products, thereby hindering follow-on innovation.  This problem has yet to materialize.  The reasons for this are numerous and are often straightforward matters of basic economics. In addition to licensing being widely available, researchers make use of a variety [of] strategies to develop working solutions to the problem of Read More >

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