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Boston Biomedical Research Institute - Possible Closure Amid Financial Strains

 The Boston Biomedical Research Institute in Watertown has scheduled a pivotal vote this week on whether to shutter its operations for good

 

The Boston Biomedical Research Institute in Watertown has scheduled a pivotal vote this week on whether to shutter its operations for good.

 

According to the Boston Globe, Wednesday’s vote comes amid continued financial pressure at the local life sciences research organization. The institute has been open for nearly five decades.

 

Biotech and the Election: This election will be the food movement’s moment of truth, says Michael Pollan

Biotechnology was supposed to trigger a food revolution: Higher crop yields and the end of world hunger

"This election will be the food movement’s moment of truth, says Michael Pollan" 

 

Biotechnology was supposed to trigger a food revolution: Higher crop yields and the end of world hunger. Or so promised once-chemical producer Monsanto, now the mother of all agricultural biotechnology companies. But 20 years on, conventional methods of breeding have actually done more to lift crop yield than genetically modified crops ever have, says food journalist, author, and professor Michael Pollan.

Heart Drug Eases Pain of Rare Disease

An older medication originally approved to treat heart problems eases pain and stiffness from a very rare muscle disease

An older medication originally approved to treat heart problems eases pain and stiffness from a very rare muscle disease, a new study reports. The findings are good news not only for the relatively small number of people around the world estimated to have the disease—nondystrophic myotonia—but also for many other patients who have one of the thousands of other diseases that are very rare, neurologists say.

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