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[SANET-MG] the soylent green revolution
The article below brings to attention the use of human Cytochrome p450
genes to produce resistance to most herbicides. A numberer of such
cytochrome p450 genes have been released for field testing in Japan.The
article swallows the biotech industry public relations that there is
nothing really wrong about putting human genes into rice.
The first thing that comes to mind is that the human enzymes put into
rice are responsible for causing most kinds of human cancer by
activaiting certain pollutants to forms that attack the genes causing
mutation.The common products of automobiles, incinerators and forest
fires called PAHs are activated to cause cancer by the P450 enzymes.The
fact that the humanized rice is likely to be loaded with active
genotoxins (carcinogens) is not discussed by the academic journal
editors who provide public relation for corporations.
Furthermore, the human genes are alerted in DNA sequence to be more
active in plants. The digestive fragments of altered human DNA may be
very destructive to the human liver by disrupting the liver cytochromoe
p450 genes as people eat the humanized rice.I am pointing out that the
DNA is different from the human DNA swallowed by cannibals (for example
We have entered a dangerous era where public relations are favored over
scientific truth by those claiming to be the "real" scientists.
GM industry puts human gene into rice
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Independent on Sunday, 24 April 2005
Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in
a dramatic extension of genetic modification. The move, which is causing
disgust and revulsion among critics, is bound to strengthen accusations
that GM technology is creating "Frankenstein foods" and drive the
controversy surrounding it to new heights.
Even before this development, many people, including Prince Charles,
have opposed the technology on the grounds that it is playing God by
creating unnatural combinations of living things.
Environmentalists say that no one will want to eat the partially
human-derived food because it will smack of cannibalism.
But supporters say that the controversial new departure presents no
ethical problems and could bring environmental benefits.
In the first modification of its kind, Japanese researchers have
inserted a gene from the human liver into rice to enable it to digest
pesticides and industrial chemicals. The gene makes an enzyme,
code-named CPY2B6, which is particularly good at breaking down harmful
chemicals in the body.
Present GM crops are modified with genes from bacteria to make them
tolerate herbicides, so that they are not harmed when fields are sprayed
to kill weeds. But most of them are only able to deal with a single
herbicide, which means that it has to be used over and over again,
allowing weeds to build up resistance to it.
But the researchers at the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
in Tsukuba, north of Tokyo, have found that adding the human touch gave
the rice immunity to 13 different herbicides. This would mean that weeds
could be kept down by constantly changing the chemicals used.
Supporting scientists say that the gene could also help to beat pollution.
Professor Richard Meilan of Purdue University in Indiana, who has worked
with a similar gene from rabbits, says that plants modified with it
could "clean up toxins" from contaminated land. They might even destroy
them so effectively that crops grown on the polluted soil could be fit
But he and other scientists caution that if the gene were to escape to
wild relatives of the rice it could create particularly vicious
superweeds that were resistant to a wide range of herbicides.
He adds: "I do not have any ethical issue with using human genes to
engineer plants", dismissing talk of "Frankenstein foods" as "rubbish".
He believes that that European opposition to GM crops and food is
fuelled by agricultural protectionism.
But Sue Mayer, director of GeneWatch UK, said yesterday: "I don't think
that anyone will want to buy this rice. People have already expressed
disgust about using human genes, and already feel that their concerns
are being ignored by the biotech industry. This will just undermine
their confidence even more."
Pete Riley, director of the anti-GM pressure group Five Year Freeze,
said: "I am not surprised by this.
"The industry is capable of anything and this development certainly
smacks of Frankenstein."
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