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What’s Really at the Heart of the Debate About GMOS?

GMO Answers

Is science really at the heart of the GMO debate, or is there something else perpetuating the deep divisions on these issues? In a column at Forbes.com, Kate Hall, managing director of the Council for Biotechnology Information and GMO Answers spokesperson, explores this question as she reflects on Scientific American’s forum, “Lost in Translation: Is Science Explained Fairly in the Media.” Hall contends that an individual’s perception of the scientific consensus and their cultural predispositions Read More >

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The GE Tomato May Make a Return


The FLAVR SAVR tomato was the first genetically engineered crop product to be commercialized. In 1994, Calgene, a California based biotechnology company, brought the this first genetically engineered crop to market. The company’s researchers were able to inhibit a gene that produces a protein that makes a tomato get squishy. The introduction of the FLAVR SAVR tomato into the market created a good deal of controversy and consumer resistance. Much of the hype surrounding genetically altered crops was created Read More >

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Remember the American Chestnut Tree on Arbor Day


Today, April 25, 2014 is National Arbor Day and a reminder of the importance that individuals and groups need to plant and care for trees. This means ensuring that arboriculturists and foresters have access to the most up to date agricultural technologies. The American Chestnut blight is recent example of how genetic engineering has served as one of these vital technologies. A recent piece published in Scientific American told of the blight of the American Read More >

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Scientific American Worldview Scorecard Correlates with International Investment


Biotechnology innovation requires investment, and the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard can predict where investment goes. A recent analysis indicates that the ranking of countries in this Scorecard correlates with global investment. As a result, the Worldview Scorecard provides a valuable tool for any country interested in increasing its appeal to biotechnology investors. In short, the Worldview Scorecard uses a wide collection of data – compiled and analyzed by Yali Friedman – that generates a metric Read More >

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How to Drive International Innovation: Scientific American Worldview

Worldview Super Session

Which countries are winning the innovation game? Will the U.S. maintain its leadership position in the future? Have emerging markets lived up to the hype? Which new partnerships are transforming industries? For the fifth year, Scientific American (SA) released their Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective report at the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago. Included in this year’s report is the longest list of country rankings that SA has ever compiled and the numbers reveal Read More >

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