Month: November 2017

Agricultural Marketing Service – Response from the Society for In Vitro Biology

Agricultural Marketing Service Published on Agricultural Marketing Service (http://www.ams.usda.gov) Home > Proposed Rule Questions Under Consideration Proposed Rule Questions Under Consideration [1] The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB), formerly the Tissue Culture Association, is a professional society devoted to fostering the exchange of knowledge of in vitro biology of cells, tissues and organs from both plant and animals (including humans). The focus is on biological research, development, and applications of significance to science and society.  The SIVB membership is composed of academics, ranging from professors to students, industry members and other interested expert members that work in the area of tissue culture.  SIVB members have played leading roles in the development, safety evaluation, and deployment of GE crops; therefore, the SIVB membership counts with unparalleled expertise on the topic.   Even so, AMS is requesting answers to questions that not biological in nature, and which consequently, SIVB lacks the proper expertise to answer, so we did not provide answers to all the questions. What terms should AMS consider interchangeable with ‘bioengineering’? (Sec. 291(1)) SIVB Response: genetic engineering gene splicing GMO Context:  The disclosure standard would be a mechanism to inform consumers about their food.  AMS is considering the advantages and disadvantages of allowing the use of other terms to provide for disclosure.  2. Which breeding techniques should AMS consider conventional breeding? (Sec. 291(1)(B)) inbred line development apospory parthenogenesis haploid...

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President’s Report

Your SIVB board just concluded a meeting in St. Louis in preparation for the annual meeting in June—and the excitement is already building!  You’ll hear a lot more detail from our program chair, Dave Songstad about the latest scientific advances in our research areas.  Furthermore, there will be many opportunities for networking and sharing between our animal and plant colleagues.  Despite the technical advances I can’t recall a time in my career in which the public view of science has been as turbulent and negative especially about value and relationship to economic growth.  The most reliable indicator will be...

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  • 2018 Student Poster Presentation Competition Winners

    The SIVB student poster presentation competition was held during the 2018 annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. This competition was the 3rd year in a ...
  • 2018 ISEF High School Student Awards

    The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high ...
  • Journal Highlights

    Expression of a rice soluble starch synthase gene in transgenic wheat improves the grain yield under heat stress conditions There are many environmental factors that limit ...
  • Publications Update

    The 2017 Journal Impact Factors were recently released, and there was good news for both In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology – Animal and In ...
  • Member News

      Get involved in the discussion: SIVB responds to AMS request for Comments on Proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Many members may not be aware of the ...
  • New Members

    SIVB Welcomes Its New Members in 2018! Marcel Adriaanse, Bejo Zaden B.V. Uyen Phuong Cao Chu, Dupont Pioneer Rosa Angela Castillo Ruiz, Ramiro Arnedo S. A. David Conaway, Ball ...
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