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Don’t Judge a Plant by its Seed: GMOs and Patent Laws

This post accompanies the Sci on the Fly podcast “Some love them, some hate them, some don’t care: GMOs.” That podcast mentions (at 8:50) three Supreme Court and federal court cases significantly impacting the research and development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs -- organisms whose genetic material has been modified through genetic engineering).

The Growing Role of Private Investment in Clean Energy

The 2016 election has left many environmentalists unsure about the future. President-elect Trump has tapped Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, and Texas governor Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy.  Barring congressional approval, these men will have a profound impact on the future of energy and the environment in America, and their records suggest that these men will lead a strong divergence from the policies of the Obama administration. 

PODCAST | Some love them, some hate them, some don't care: GMOs

Sesquile Ramon (2015-17 Executive Branch Fellow) dives into a discussion of ghenetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why some people love them, some don’t trust them, and some don’t care as long as they taste good. Three more fellows -- Daniel Hicks, Ariela Zycherman, and Marit Wilkerson -- discuss where we get policies regulating consumption of genetically engineered food, explore their legislative history, their perceived risk, and their potential use as a tool to combat the complex challenges of climate change.

Is your garage ready to replace the pharmacy?

How the government can be a key partner to innovation in the 21st century

Congress wasn't happy on September 21st when they grilled Mylan CEO Heather Bresch on why her company had raised the price of the EpiPen by over 500% in recent years. For many, the thought of allergy patients unable to afford access to life-saving medicine due to the price hike was outrageous. But for a community of DIY-hackers, it was a call to action.

Building Climate Change Awareness From the Ground Up

In December 2015, 191 countries adopted the Paris Climate Agreement and took it back to their home countries for ratification.  Now, almost a year later, the agreement met the threshold standards for ratification, enabling it to go into effect.  It’s a hopeful time for climate activists, but even with ratification, much could still go wrong in meeting the agreement’s goals.  A vocal minority of climate skeptics refute the science, object to costly mitigation and adaptation efforts, and threaten to unravel recent progress.


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