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"#China will persist w/efforts to acquire foreign science & technology information & expertise,
making extensive use of foreign scientific collaborations & partnerships, investments..."
"...and acquisitions, talent recruitment, economic espionage, & cyber theft to acquire & transfer technologies & technical knowledge."
"China’s dominance in the mining & processing of several strategic materials, including rare-earth
elements, presents a major..."
"...vulnerability to the U.S."
"China produces 40% of the world’s active pharmaceutical ingredients; and China’s global share across all the manufacturing stages of solar panels now exceeds 80% and is set to rise to more than 95%."
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The US Govt just announced and EO for advancing #biotechnology and #biomanufacturing for a #Sustainable , safe and secure #bioeconomy.
There are 11 areas they will be looking to fund and develop within this niche.
Read the full article here -…
Here is a quick summary:
1) Coordinate investment in key R&D areas to further societal goals
2)Foster a biological data ecosystem, while adhering to principles of security, privacy, and responsible conduct of research
3) Expand domestic #biomanufacturing production capacity and processes, including #piloting and #prototyping efforts to accelerate the translation of basic research results into practice
4) Boost #sustainable #biomass production
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One of the most important topics of the 2020s. 1/4👇#EUFoodSafety #EUFarm2Fork
1. Similar problems as in IT: opensource vs proprietary. Economic dependencies can very quickly become nasty. Just take a look at Global Tech today #codeiscode #opensource 2/4
2. Should #newGMOs be introduced, a key factor will be: which code is executed and which is not? Code for pesticide resistance better not! Other codes, on the other hand, can promote #biodiversity (e.g., water-, land-consumption) 3/4
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📢We are gearing up for the #IRMIAC2021, with a #workshop on pre-award #grant management!

IRMI (India Research Management Initiative) Annual Conference is focused on “Bringing Professional #ResearchManagement into the Indian #Science & #Innovation Ecosystem”👥

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⏱️The clock is ticking!

#IRMI Annual Conference - the first-of-its-kind for #ResearchManagement professionals in India - starts at 2:30 pm today👥

Watch this #thread for updates from #IRMIAC2021!

Glimpses from Pre-Conference #Workshop 3 on 'Post-Award Grant Management'👇 ImageImageImageImage

Inaugural session of the much-awaited #IRMI Annual Conference 2021🥁

India Alliance CEO @VasanSambandam1 takes through India Research Management Initiative - the history, purpose and opportunities🧑‍🏫

If you're at the conference, give us a shoutout using #IRMIAC2021! ImageImageImageImage
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Here's a neatly threaded "oh fuck no" of my response to the @nymag's cover story of irresponsibility, asking "but what if" nCov2019 really was a lab escape.

Protip, @nymag: leave What If to Marvel. #bioethics #gof #durc #biosecurity #biosafety #COVID19…
Seems @nymag wanted to get “most irresponsible article of 2021” locked up early. Tho is beyond irresponsible; it’s an admitted flight of fancy ignoring the work of multiple scientists carefully explaining, repeatedly, as to why #covid19 is not a lab escape. #durc #gof #biorisk
The odds, as #durc and #gof expert @neva9257 has repeatedly explained, are pretty good, given that China is where most of the the bats natively live. “Oh no, what are the chances of bat diseases originating in places with bats?!” 🙄🙄🙄
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Could #COVID19 Have Escaped from a Lab?… Is the way this question is being dealt with science or censorship?
There’s long been a sense that if the public and politicians really knew about the dangerous pathogen research being conducted in many labs, they’d be outraged. Denying the possibility of a catastrophic incident like this, then, could be seen as a form of career preservation.
“For the substantial subset of virologists who perform gain-of-function research, avoiding restrictions on research funding, avoiding implementation of appropriate #biosafety standards, and avoiding implementation of appropriate research oversight are powerful motivators.”
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Could the pandemic have started with a lab accident in Wuhan? Safety breaches with coronaviruses at a US research partner lab show how it’s possible for potentially infected workers to move about in public.…
Records show at least 8 UNC researchers were required to undergo medical monitoring because of potential exposures to lab-crated SARS and MERS coronaviruses from 2015-2019. Records we obtained indicate they went about their lives in public.
In 2016, a researcher was bitten by a mouse infected with a type of lab-created SARS-like virus that UNC refuses to disclose. UNC discussed isolating the scientist. Instead, they let her to go about her life in public with requirement to wear surgical mask + temperature checks.
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"The live SARS-like coronavirus SL-CoV-WIV1 has been isolated for the first time from bat droppings; and such virus has been confirmed to invade the host cells through the ACE2 of human beings..." ImageImageImage
Bat Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Like Coronavirus WIV1
Encodes an Extra Accessory Protein, ORFX, Involved in Modulation of the Host Immune Response. (2016) #ZhengLiShi #PeterDaszak #EcoHealth
Funding: #NIAID 110964 ImageImageImageImage
In this study, we have developed a fast and cost-effective method
for reverse genetics of coronaviruses by combining two approaches developed by others..As the genomes can be divided into multiple short fragments, mutations can be introduced into individual
fragments easily. ImageImageImageImage
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