Pharma and Biotech Firms Hacked

by jeeg 2. December 2014 19:38
  For more than a year, a group of cybercriminals has been pilfering email correspondence from more than 100 organizations — most of them publicly traded health care or pharmaceutical companies — apparently in pursuit of information significant enough to affect global financial m... [More]

Wanton Misconduct:A biotech whistleblower's ten year struggle against one of the world's largest corporations.

by jeeg 7. October 2013 18:24
This is the story of a whistleblower: me. I was working as a molecular biologist at a Pfizer laboratory. After I raised concerns about worker safety at the lab, I was told to stop documenting the problems I saw; when I continued to raise concerns, another employee was assigned to work on a ... [More]

Biotech CEOs See Insurers as the New Boogeymen, Not FDA

by jeeg 10. January 2013 19:32
Most biotech executives would have said a few years ago that the FDA was the No. 1 barrier standing in the way of business success. It was the one thing they worried about most. But now biotech CEOs appear to be more concerned about a new kind of threat, coming from the people who... [More]

Gene rights ban rejected

by jeeg 22. September 2011 19:57
A PROPOSED ban on the controversial patenting of human genetic material has lost the support of a Senate committee which threatens to renew the intense debate that has pitched patients and doctors against researchers and biotech companies. A narrow majority of the Senate Legal and Constitutio... [More]

Betting That Biotech Will Bring the FDA to Heel? Don’t Count On It

by jeeg 28. June 2011 23:39
When Minnesota Democrat Al Franken and Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown line up on the same side of an issue, my first guess would usually be that it’s to vote on some meaningless resolution in favor of apple pie. Or, like now, it could be a sign that a controversial, potentially tr... [More]

Governments warned over agribusiness giants

by jeeg 15. April 2011 15:57
A GROUPING of small scale farmers in 12 African countries has asked governments to be wary of agribusiness giants who want to bring in Genetically Modified Crops under the disguise of support to small holder farmers.The grouping, under Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers' Forum (ES... [More]

EU Lawmakers Vote to Expand Ban on GMOs

by jeeg 14. April 2011 22:15
Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on April 12, to add “environmental impacts” to a list of grounds on which European Union countries could either ban or restrict GMO (genetically modified organisms) usage.Greenpeace’s European Unit welcome... [More]

The loaded ethics of DNA hacking

by jeeg 11. April 2011 19:11
The most disruptive force on the planet resides in DNA. Don't believe it? Only five days into the 2009 swine flu outbreak, the swapping of a few genes in a virus native to pigs shut down Mexico. Schools closed. Churches were shuttered. Mexico City's famed Cinco de Mayo parade was canceled. In... [More]

$1b effort yields no bioterror defenses

by jeeg 24. January 2011 20:49
The Pentagon is scaling back one of its largest efforts to develop treatments for troops and civilians infected in a germ warfare attack after a $1 billion, five-year program fell short of its primary goal. Even the heavy infusion of research cash and a unified effort by university labs and b... [More]

U.S. Presses Europe to Worship Genetically Modified Foods

by jeeg 20. January 2011 02:11
When it comes to the federal government's eagerness to advance the genetically modified food agenda of Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and other agribusinesses, nothing is sacred—not even the pope. While the recent media hubbub caused by WikiLeaks might have focused on the war in Afghanistan... [More]
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