Argentina Approves Use Of Transgenic Soybean Variety Pioneer ! http://newish.info/148896-argentina-approves-use-of-transgenic-soybean-variety-pioneer
Mastitis, the most consequential disease in dairy cattle, costs the US dairy industry billions of dollars annually. To test the feasibility of protecting animals through genetic engineering, transgenic cows secreting lysostaphin at concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 14 µg/ml in their milk were produced. In vitro assays demonstrated the milk’s ability to kill Staphylococcus aureus. Intramammary infusions of S. aureus were administered to three transgenic and ten nontransgenic cows. Increases in milk somatic cells, elevated body temperatures and induced acute phase proteins, each indicative of infection, were observed in all of the nontransgenic cows but in none of the transgenic animals. Protection against S. aureus mastitis appears to be achievable with as little as 3 µg/ml of lysostaphin in milk. Our results indicate that genetic engineering can provide a viable tool for enhancing resistance to disease and improve the well-being of livestock.
Seriously, how cool is that???
From: Genetically enhanced cows resist intramammary Staphylococcus aureus infection - Nature (2005)
Art or Science, I Care Not
By implementing this bulletproof matrix of spider silk produced by transgenic goats in human skin I want to explore the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding safety in a world with access to new biotechnologies. Issues which arise on the basis of ancient human desire for invulnerability. It is legend that Achilles, the central character of Homer’s Iliad was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Will we in the near future due to biotechnology no longer need to descend from a godly bloodline in order to have traits like invulnerability?
Imagine a spidersilk vest, capable of catching bullets, the modern day equivalent of Genghis Khan’s arrows. Now, let’s take this one step further, why bother with a vest: imagine replacing keratin, the protein responsible for the toughness of the human skin, with this spidersilk protein. This is possible by adding the silk producing genes of a spider to the genome of a human: creating a bulletproof human.
For this project Dr. Randy Lewis donated a batch of spidersilk produced by these transgenic goats and silkworms. In order to process this spidersilk into a bulletproof matrix capable of supporting cell growth I had to travel all over Western Europe and the silk itself has been all over the globe. Strangely enough I couldn’t find many people with a spidersilk weaving expertise ;-)
This may have been designed as an art project, and the disclaimer may say otherwise about this not showing any true potential, but the fact remains that the team fired bullets at transgenic skin and the skin withstood the shot. There’s a bit too much transhuman nonsense for me to get overly excited, but I do approve of using the materials found in nature to engineer better objects, in this case better body armor.
Scientists Under Attack: Science in the Magnetic Field of Money.
“Excellent documentary on the dreadful effects of genetically modified foods (GMOs) on animals and, of course, humans. Spread this EVERYWHERE! Ban GMO foods. They’re untested, and highly dangerous. We DO NOT want our children, friends and family (or pets) eating these abnormal foods. Let’s stick to normal foods as opposed to abnormal food. SPREAD THIS DOCUMENTARY EVERYWHERE.”
GM foods are being Rushed into our diets.
60 thousand pages of internal documents. The scientists requested documentation of Toxicity, “Allerginicity”, Lower nutrition, Immunity, Environmental Effects. But none of this happened.
- Biotech industry attacks scientists….
Companies exist to make money, not entirely for the public good.
4.5 Billion in profit= Monsanto, owns patents on genes.
- Farmers are not interested, the scientists are funded by industry, and there are very few independent scientists.
Round- Up ready Soybeans. 86% of Soy in the US is GM’d.
- Will there be long term effects.
** I couldn’t read the text on the video so here is a brief summary from Wiki :
** Árpád Pusztai (8 September 1930) is a Hungarian-born biochemist and nutritionist who spent 36 years at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a world expert on plant lectins, authoring 270 papers and three books on the subject. In 1998 Pusztai publicly announced that the results of his research showed feeding genetically modified potatoes to rats had negative effects on their stomach lining and immune system. This led to Pusztai being suspended and his annual contract was not renewed. The resulting controversy became known as the Pusztai affair.
—It is the process of genetic engineering that disrupts the animals eating the product.
Prof. Susan Bardocz (head of the Food Research Unit)
Animals Fed GM material had physiological changes. You are eating an animal that has already been changed. It is a political choice not to know- because if you don’t know, you can’t be blamed.
Potential effects or real effects of GM food…. No Published articles
- Internal Organs developed differently… Organs were developing larger or abnormally.
- There are still no long term studies for GM food. 65 Different Health Risks.
Corporation studies were conducting “flimsy” studies to get their products on the shelves faster.
Dr. Andrew Kimbrell - Lawyer who Sued the FDA
Documents suppressing the real meaning of GM foods.
The documents don’t go into the studies that scientists demanded. Studies that were recommended and were never conducted.
Prof. Nina Federoff, Molecularbiologist
“Flavor Savor tomato”-the first GM food for humans- Lesions in rat’s stomachs.
ATTACK ON KNOWLEDGE!!!! not just an attack on science….
Don Quayle- VP under George W. Bush 1992. Announced a new Policy for the Biotech industry.
Prof. Ignacio Chapella, Molecularbiologist (UC Berkeley)
The Gm Food market has allowed the The US to gain a political advantage by increasing Exports.
Transgenic Organisms…. in places they were not supposed to be… He found TG corn in Central Mexico- where it is actually illegal to plant TG corn. He takes Samples of the pollen in the air to see what percentage of corn is Gm’d.
Seed Library. Land Races with different genes with different capabilities.
The pollen Spreads naturally. So they lost their claim that they can control the Transgenic Corn… This is when they start to talk about coexistence…
Gm Fed mice developed more slowly and are significantly less fertile. (Vienna)
Monsanto will not give samples to be Tested.
- Liphosate= herbicide in Roundup. The Argument that one uses less Pesticide when growing GM soy… IS NOT TRUE.. Prof. Antonio Andrioli studied this in Brazil (?). They used 8x as much herbicide as is legal.
In the Past 10 years, food related illnesses have doubled- since the introduction of GM foods in our diet.
The farmers must pay to use the land, or the river, or the seed. The scientists act as mediators and say what is ethical or not- JUST as religion was used to define what was ethical or not.
A Window into the world of the invisible. Fungi & insects.. and the small things in the world.
NOVARTIS & Syngenta… Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Company…
BP gave money to Berkeley to use their land, Buildings and Seminars… and there were riots and protests against the construction of new buildings for BP.
“Meltdown of Knowledge” Conflict of Commitment.
Dr. Terje Traavik (Board Chairman of the national research program Environmental Effects of Biotechnology) Objectivity is not part of the scientific process, because we try to prove or disprove some hypothesis. We can never be neutral.