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Packard Children's Hospital gift creates new biotech research center for children's health
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital has given $700,000 to the Stanford University School of Medicine to harness the rapidly evolving field of biotechnology research for advancing children's health. (2003-09-29)

Americans' knowledge of genetically modified foods remains low and opinions on safety still split
Americans' knowledge of genetically modified (GM) foods remains low and their opinions about its safety are just as divided as they were two years ago, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology. The survey also shows that knowing FDA reviewed and approved a GM product can increase public confidence and that public support for GM products decreases as uses of the technology shift from plants to animals. (2003-09-18)

Few Filipino farmers know of the benefits of golden rice
It is not that Filipino farmers don't want to grow genetically engineered (2003-08-29)

Poll: NY residents split on biotechnology in food and agriculture
A survey of New York state residents on the use of biotechnology in food and agriculture finds the public almost evenly split between those who oppose its use, those who favor it and those who are undecided. The findings were among the results of a survey on biotechnology as part of the 2003 Empire State Poll, an ongoing poll of New Yorkers' views conducted by the Survey Research Institute at Cornell's School of ILR School. (2003-08-28)

SARS information for antiviral drug design released by Protein Data Bank
The Protein Data Bank (PDB), an international resource for biomedical research with facilities at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has released to the public a three-dimensional crystal structure of the SARS virus main protease enzyme. Its availability to medical researchers worldwide is crucial because this enzyme is considered the primary target for new antiviral drugs being developed to combat the virus. (2003-07-30)

UC Riverside is part of new initiative to share patented research on agriculture
UC Riverside is joining 13 other institutions and foundations in an effort aimed to simplify the management and sharing of their intellectual property and facilitate access to each other's current and future patented agricultural technologies. Named PIPRA, the initiative also aims to achieve food security for the poor and excluded of the world and has long-term goals for coordinating research-based technology packages and know-how for projects that will directly address critical global agricultural needs. (2003-07-15)

New initiative helps researchers wend way through intellectual property maze
A team of 14 institutions and foundations, including Ohio State University, is beginning a new national effort to make access to developments in biotechnology easier. The new initiative, called the Public-Sector Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), is described in the July 11 issue of Science. PIPRA is a roadmap of sorts, one that will help guide scientists at public research institutions in managing and sharing their intellectual property. (2003-07-10)

US-EC Biotech Task Force keys on research, collaboration
On topics ranging from mutant mice for biomedicine to pathogens without passports, the U.S.-European Commission (EC) Task Force on Biotechnology Research this week heard the latest on research bridging the Atlantic. (2003-06-27)

Chemical Heritage Foundation and BIO give Biotechnology Heritage Award to William Rutter
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) presented the 2003 Biotechnology Heritage Award to William J. Rutter at a Plenary Lunch Session of BIO Conference in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 24. A biotechnology pioneer, Rutter cofounded Chiron Corporation and directed the Hormone Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for nearly a decade. (2003-06-25)

'Mimics' may open screen(ing) door to GPCR drugs
A team of scientists at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and partners have engineered (2003-06-24)

Hot proteins may sharpen DNA tests; help bioprocessing
Unique heat shock proteins that protect bacteria in undersea hot vents could improve PCR, the common technique used to amplify bits of DNA for medical and forensic sciences, as well as the commercial manufacturing of vaccines, antibiotics and other medically important proteins, say researchers with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI). (2003-06-22)

CRDF presents on Russian biotechnology at Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual meeting
The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation is presenting two seminars at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual meeting. The seminars will feature U.S., Russian, and Israeli companies and government representatives with experience building biotechnology business partnerships. Representatives from leading Russian biotechnology companies and scientific institutions will showcase their capabilities and products in drug discovery, compounds, adjuvants, anti-TB vaccines, biotech software and more. (2003-06-17)

Genetic engineering accelerates the impact of biotechnology on chemical production
Biotechnology advances are producing results in the production of commodity chemicals, such as ethanol, and specialty chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and nutrients. (2003-06-17)

Exclusive pre-BIO conference preview by president/media availability
Carl Feldbaum, president and chief spokesperson for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, is available one-on-one for interviews prior to BIO 2003, the largest biotechnology conference in history. (2003-06-16)

Biotechnology taught as a tool for teaching
The global threat of Ebola Virus, biologically-inspired materials development at NASA, and work toward enhancing the nutrient value of foods through transgenics are among topics to be discussed at the 8th Biotechnology Educators' Conference at Virginia Tech July 16 to 19. (2003-06-09)

Dr. Robert Langer, distinguished leader in the field of biomedical engineering, to lecture at NIH
Dr. Robert Langer, internationally known for his work in the fields of biotechnology and materials science, will present the 2003 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Seymour J. Kreshover Lecture on Monday, June 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Masur Auditorium on the campus of the National Institutes of Health. The title of his lecture is (2003-06-04)

Jefferson scientists create tobacco plant to produce antibodies against rabies
Researchers at the Biotechnology Foundation at Jefferson Medical College have genetically engineered tobacco plants to produce human proteins - antibodies - against rabies. Scientists have inserted DNA coding for an antibody against the rabies virus into tobacco plants. The plants, then, become factories churning out antibody. A commercially available antibody should have wide use along with the current vaccine. Up to 50,000 cases of human rabies infection occur annually in Asia; 7.5 million people receive postexposure treatment. (2003-06-03)

U of Minnesota leads effort to break impasse over GMO safety
For the first time, parties on both sides of the controversy over genetically modified food are coming together to set industrywide safety standards. Working groups are being formed to set standards for building human and environmental safety into the entire development process for fish modified for increased production in fish farms and plants modified to produce pharmaceuticals. Such standards could become the basis for regulation of GMO safety much as general food safety is now regulated and monitored. (2003-05-30)

Team jams bacteria 'talk' to boost bio-product yields
In studies vital to the field of industrial biotechnology, scientists at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute are learning what E.coli bacteria are 'talking' about. Cell-to-cell cross talking by laboratory E. coli strains engineered to produce antibiotics, industrial polymers or other products in fermentation vessels can lead to stress and severely limit product output. UMBI scientists and partners have begun to decipher and override stress 'talk' among cells of recombinant E. coli. (2003-05-05)

Hollow spheres make solid vaccine to protect fish
In aquaculture operations in many countries, fish diseases caused by viruses are more and more of a problem. Infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) is especially deadly to baby fish. Scientists with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute tested the first IPNV vaccine that use a complete protein coat of the virus. No commercial vaccine is available. (2003-04-27)

Nick Smith (R-MI) honored by 2 science coalitions in D.C.
The Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM) and the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) honored Chairman Nick Smith (R-MI) who, as leader of the House Sciences Subcommittee on Research, has championed numerous efforts for which the agricultural and biological science communities are grateful. BESC focuses on the vitality of research in the biological sciences across agencies including NSF. CoFARM works to raise awareness and support for the agricultural research community. (2003-04-04)

Symposium to focus on ethical issues in biotechnology
Ethical issues in biotechnology are the focus of the second annual International Bioethics Forum in Madison Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. Focusing on medical research and applications, the theme for this year's conference is (2003-04-04)

Pharmaceutical Achievers
Pharmaceutical Achievers by Mary Ellen Bowden, Amy Beth Crow, and Tracy Sullivan This biographical collection highlights individuals who made outstanding achievements in the arenas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Pharmaceutical Achievers presents chronologically the major directions of pharmaceutical research and, in their historical context, the breakthroughs in treating various diseases. It concludes with a look at tomorrow's medicines. (2003-04-01)

'Europeans and biotechnology' survey of public perception
The Eurobarometer 2002 survey on (2003-03-27)

Scientific innovations, social issues and biobusiness at Bio Tech Helsinki 03
BioTech Helsinki 03 is a diverse look at the research, applications and financing of biotechnology containing several parallel seminars i.a. on impact of genome research, mystery of the brain, bioethics and biomaterials. The event has also an investor forum. Participating top scientists include: Prof. Ingo Potrykus, inventor of (2003-03-18)

Scientists solve chaotic heartbeat mystery
A team of scientists headed by UMBI's Jonathan Lederer in Baltimore have discovered that a mutation in a protein in heart cells causes a condition called LQT4 in which heartbeats act chaotically and healthy people can die suddenly. (2003-02-06)

New mobile lab aims to bolster bioscience education
In an innovative effort to help high school bioscience education keep pace with fast-moving research advances, the nation's newest and largest mobile bioscience lab, the MdBioLab, will be launched in early February. (2003-01-22)

BIO to host educational seminar on industrial biotechnology
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will be hosting an educational scientific seminar at the New York Academy of Sciences on Thursday, January 23rd to discuss the third wave of Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology. (2003-01-16)

CHF and BIO to present Biotechnology Heritage Award to William J. Rutter
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will present the 2003 Biotechnology Heritage Award to William J. Rutter. A biotechnology pioneer, Rutter cofounded Chiron Corporation and directed the Hormone Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for nearly a decade. (2002-12-30)

Transgenic rice for human benefit: a religious perspective
A paper to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by A. K. Garg and R. J. Wu, (2002-11-25)

From designer milk to 'green' cows: predictions for milk and dairy products in the next 50 years
Old MacDonald will be surprised when he sees what's headed for his dairy farm: specially bred cows that naturally produce low-fat milk, designer milk that boosts the immune system, and (2002-11-25)

When Media, Science and Public Policy Collide: The Case of Food and Biotechnology
This full day workshop sponsored by the Pew Initiative and the Shorenstein Center at Harvard will discuss how media coverage has influenced and been influenced by science, industry, policymakers and advocacy groups on the topic of agriculture biotechnology and food and human health. (2002-10-29)

Geneticists tell ostrich farmers the secrets of sex
Research published in the online journal, BMC Biotechnology reports on a new, large-scale technique for distinguishing between male and female ostrich chicks using DNA extracted from feathers. This new technique will remove the need for invasive procedures currently in use to sex-type ostriches and allow breeders to discover the sex of their chicks much earlier. (2002-10-16)

UMBI licenses HIV rat to Harlan
The patent for the first HIV rat-a laboratory model expected to speed AIDS research-has been licensed to the laboratory animal services company Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc. (Harlan) by the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI). (2002-10-09)

Genentech tops Science survey of best biopharma employers
When Science asked life scientists around the world which pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies they most admire, Genentech was the clear stand-out, according to a survey in the 20 September issue of the journal, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (2002-09-19)

ExonHit, UMBI announce RNA splicing symposium
The University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute will host an international symposium on RNA splicing a rapidly growing branch of biotechnology. The co-organizer and sponsor is ExonHit Therapeutics, the alternative splicing-based drug discovery company, based in France. (2002-09-16)

Rutgers spinoff success yields $4.3 million payback to university
The Rutgers spinoff company, Phytomedics Inc., has signed a new research agreement that will bring almost $4.3 million in grant funding from the company to the university during the next five years. (2002-08-12)

Sex genes of fish disrupted by common household products
Scientists have found that the problem of fish endocrine disruption by traces of household products is worse than expected because the compounds work against the sex gene in the brain of fish rather than at estrogen receptors in other tissues. (2002-07-29)

How consumers process information at heart of debate over labeling of genetically modified foods
One of the most controversial public policy issues surrounding genetically modified (GM) foods is whether food products containing ingredients from GM crops should be labeled so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, as consumer groups assert, or whether labels are ill-advised because GM foods are safe and mandatory labels could mislead consumers into believing otherwise, as the food industry argues. (2002-06-27)

Hairy treatments for winter ills
Australian scientists are investigating new ways to mass-produce the active ingredients found in the herbal medicines - Echinacea, Ginseng and Gynostemma. (2002-06-13)

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