January 26, 2009 |
Fast-growing salmon. Pork containing heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These are two examples of products you might see in your local supermarket soon -- animals developed not through conventional breeding but through genetic engineering. On Jan. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided how it will regulate genetically engineered animals, for the first time paving the way for such animals or their products to be sold as food and medicine.
September 23, 1999
* MedImmune Inc. will buy cancer drug maker U.S. Bioscience Inc. for about $455 million in stock to speed its entry into the oncology market. MedImmune will exchange 0.15 share for each U.S. Bioscience share. Based on Tuesday's MedImmune share price of $102.06, the buyout values U.S. Bioscience at $15.31 a share, a 25% premium to its closing price Tuesday of $11.50.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2000
Re "Engineered Crops Yield Many Fears," Ventura County Perspective, April 2. It's obvious that the American public is afraid of the possibilities and consequences that biotechnology has the ability to harvest. With this being the future of agriculture, both in plant and animal production, much is yet to be heard on the issue. As with any new technology or discovery, our first human reaction is to be afraid of it and to dream up all the horrible outcomes. How easily we forget that eventually we learn to master the technology that we have created and use it to our benefit.
September 17, 1992 |
Barely a dozen years ago, the high priests of computerdom mocked "hackers" as clever misfits and dismissed personal computers as "toys." The revenge of the nerds, as Bill Gates will cheerfully tell you, has been both sweet and lucrative. Today, technology and opportunity are rapidly conspiring to create a new generation of hackers. But these folks won't hack software bits or silicon chips; they'll hack E. coli, restriction enzymes and double helixes--life itself. Call them "biohackers."
April 22, 2001
"Biotech Bears Fruit for Farmers, Not Consumers" [April 8] drastically understates the benefits of today's biotech products and the promise for tomorrow. Crops developed through biotechnology are dramatically reducing the amount of pesticides sprayed on crops. If America's farmers are not spraying millions of pounds of synthetic chemicals, that means there is less of those chemicals in the environment and used to produce the food we buy--which is a very real and profound benefit for consumers.
July 11, 2000 |
The bulls are running wild again in the biotech sector. On Monday the Amex biotech stock index rose 0.7% to 729.69, even as the Nasdaq composite fell 1.1%. The biotech index has rocketed from its May lows, and now is less than a 10% move from retaking its March peak. Among the big movers Monday: * Progenics Pharmaceuticals (ticker symbol: (PGNX) soared $6.81 to $23.