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Misinformation Is Poisoning the Environment for Synthetic Biology

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Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety and the ETC Group (or Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) have launched a campaign to frighten consumers and consumer product companies about synthetic biology. The groups are following a well-worn campaign formula, threatening individual consumer product companies with boycotts to force them to abandon biotechnology. The groups’ campaign has resulted in some inconsistent advice for consumers. Friends of the Earth recently advocated the use of palm oil in Read More >

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Synthetic Biology: The Sword in the Stone to Defeat Devastating Diseases

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On July 17th, 2014 the House held a hearing titled: Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing – Policies to Spur Innovative Medical Breakthroughs from Laboratories to Patients Witnesses Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) *(Really liked your DNA tie!) Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President and Carson Family Professor, Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair, The Rockefeller University Dr. Jay Keasling, Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Read More >

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US Public Organizations Leading Genomic Research, with Europe and Asia Catching Up

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Since before the mapping of the human genome just over a decade ago, we have been applying our growing understanding the genome and associated –omes to medical and industrial uses. Thanks to this understanding, we now have the ability to pinpoint a specific genetic variation in a specific patient which can predict sensitivity to certain drugs. But where is innovation in genomics coming from? And where is it going? What roles are emerging markets playing? Read More >

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There’s Biotechnology in Soap? Should I Be Worried?

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On May 30th, 2014 the New York Times released an article entitled “Companies Quietly Apply Biofuel Tools to Household Products.” This title is intentionally alarming to readers because it sounds like biotech companies are secretly sneaking genetic strains into everyday consumer products. But this is even more alarming to BIO because the author failed to do her homework on how the science works.  BIO has for years been touting the fact that biotechnology applications are Read More >

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All Things Considered – “Synthetic Biology”

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CQ Researcher examines the pros/cons to utilizing synthetic biology CQ Researcher’s April 2014 article, Synthetic Biology: Should Scientists Try to Create New Life Forms, delves into the benefits and hesitations of using synthetic biology to create new or improved medicines, fuels and other innovative products. The pro/con piece within the article showcases a debate between BIO‘s own Dr. Rina Singh, Senior Director, Industrial and Environmental and Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, and Policy Read More >

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