Trump Just Said “Biotechnology” for the First Time in 353 Days as President
Biotechnology is a $350 billion-a-year industry for the U.S., but until now, President Donald J. Trump has never mentioned it.
Why you should care: Trump hasn’t ever said the words “CRISPR,” “embryo editing,” “eugenics,” or “gene therapy,” either. Biologists are understandably anxious about what he thinks.
What he’s said now: “We are streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-edge biotechnology, setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive, and to grow,” Trump told a meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 8. (He added, “Oh, are you happy you voted for me. You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege.”)