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Chestnut Lovers – Remember Biotech Over Holidays!

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In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica.  This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut tree population.  The chestnut blight was first spotted in 1904 and is believed to have arrived here in Asian chestnut trees. Unfortunately, American chestnuts have no resistance to the fungus, making it Read More >

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5 Arguments from the GMO Debate That Have Lost Their Gusto

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The Washington Post recently published a piece titled The GMO Debate: 5 Things to Stop Arguing, which looks at common arguments surrounding the use of genetically modified organism (GMOs) and how they have lost their vigor.  Specifically in her article, Tamar Haspel suggests 5 somethings taken from both sides of the debate that need to be retired. Haspel argues that moving beyond these 5 points could mean moving one step forward in achieving a happy medium between the two parties. 1. GMOs are Read More >

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Washington Post: Why Extremely Expensive Drugs Are Often Worth the Cost

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Jason Millman highlights a new study published in Health Affairs showing specialty drugs often provide ‘substantially much higher health benefits than the traditional drugs.’ “Our study suggests that although specialty drugs often have higher costs than traditional drugs, they also tend to confer greater benefits and hence may still offer reasonable value for money,” wrote the researchers at the Boston-based Center for Value and Risk in Health. The study authors judged the drugs’ performance by Read More >

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Washington Post: GM Crops can “Improve the Lives of Millions”

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Many anti-GMO advocates cite their opposition to the technology because they see agribusiness focused mainly on making a profit However, “the application of current biotechnological tools to agriculture offers a wide array of benefits, benefits that are only beginning to be seen,” according to the editorial board at the Washington Post. In a recent editorial, titled “Genetically Modified Crops Could Help Improve the Lives of Millions”, the editors of the Washington Post argued how consumers Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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