Author Archives: dylanlevac

About dylanlevac

I'm a recovering academic, who is transitioning out of research and pursuing opportunities in policy roles regulating plant biotechnology products.

Response to PhD ‘overproduction’ article at UA/AU

This is a response to PhD ‘overproduction’ is not new and faculty retirements won’t solve it.  An article posted at University Affairs last week. Tenure success rates Retirements were never going to solve the problem, and it’s never been about … Continue reading

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Time to brush up my French language skills

A little over a week ago I moved back to Ottawa.  Being the capital of Canada, most industries here being officially bilingual.  As a result, I think it’s in my best interest to brush up on my French language skills. Remarkably, I’m … Continue reading

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Where will a Biology PhD take you?

All too often graduate students have little understanding for what exactly they are being trained for.  You go to medical school to become a medical doctor.  You go to dental school to because a dentist.  You go to law school … Continue reading

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Intelligence Squared Debate: Genetically Modified Foods

Despite spending the better part of my adult life performing fundamental research – an incredibly introverted experience – I’ve always known that communication is the key to any kind of personal or professional success.  Moreover, communication is central in promoting societal … Continue reading

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How much of Monsanto’s R&D is dedicated to GM development?

I’ve always wondered how much Monsanto spends on traditional breeding R&D vs. GM technology development.  Insofar as their vegetable seed development it appears that they spend only 2% of their annual R&D budget on GM product pipelines – the rest … Continue reading

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What are GMOs?

I thought I would just briefly explore what Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) actually are and some common misconceptions. Although GMO technically refers to many products, its common use refers primarily to plants that now harbor genes which are not naturally present in … Continue reading

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The Scientific GMO Consensus

The photo I chose to lead this article off with shows wild type rice, and the two main iterations of Golden Rice – a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) which has been developed to address vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. … Continue reading

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