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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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The Perfect Storm or Opportunity? Creating Global Food Security and Public Health Benefits Requires Food and Agricultural Research

Research on agriculture and food production is one of the foundations of modern society. According to one of my colleagues, it’s a proven fact that people who eat food live longer than people who do not. Just about everyone knows that a balanced diet can lead to better health. In the United States, we take our food – and all those benefits – for granted. We expect that our food will be easily available, safe, Read More >

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Lest we forget the nature of research and development

As I was surfing the blogosphere today looking for something to write about I came across Greentech Media‘s post, Algae Biodiesel: It’s $33 a Gallon. The headline, not to mention the first paragraph are both real downers, Although many believe that algae will become one of the chief feedstocks for diesel and even hydrocarbon-like fuels, growing large amounts of algae and then converting the single-celled creatures remains expensive, said experts at the National Biodiesel Conference Read More >

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