Vatican in favour of GM Food
: “The Vatican has made an endorsement of controversial genetically modified foods by declaring that they hold the answer to world starvation and malnutrition.”
Genetically engineered trees sprouting quietly… for now
Roll over John Muir and tell Johnny Appleseed the news: biotechnology is coming to the forest and orchard.
Antibiotics, The Next Generation
Few things are as inexorable as the march of bacterial resistance. When a person or animal is given an antibiotic, it kills enough pathogens to cure the illness. But bacteria that have mutated so they can resist the drug survive. The next time these bacteria cause an infection, the antibiotic is less likely to work. But that is drawing some biotech companies into the antibiotic research.
The War against ‘Viagra’
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to fight counterfeit drugs. The FDA will introduce technology that could show at a glance if drugs are real, such as watermarks or electronic tags. It will also tighten requirements for drug wholesalers so it’s tougher to sneak counterfeits into legitimate supplies.
The Cambridge-based chairman of the nation’s largest biotech organization is strongly opposing any federal controls in drug pricing if a prescription drug component is added to Medicare.
“It’s price controls or innovation; you can’t have both,” said Richard Pops, who recently was elected to head the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a Washington-based information and lobbying group. Pops is CEO of Alkermes Inc. in Cambridge.