Performance Eating / Science & Tech: VIRAL GENE in GMO CROPS

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    Jan 24, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years?

    In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers. This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance.


    http://independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/regulators-discover-a-hidden-viral-gene-in-commercial-gmo-crops/

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    Jan 24, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    We are all going to die.




























    I just hope that I am able to transfer my consciousness into a more sturdy vessel before the demons in Pandora's little box destroy biology as we know it.
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    Jan 24, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/faqs/faqinsertedfragmentofviralgeneingmplants.htm

    Not a discovery, and no more or less an health hazard than any genetic modification.
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    Jan 24, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    Reading the abstract & first page of the Podevin & du Jardin study, and then reading the independentsciencenews.org article, the most important questions are not actually answered:

    -Is the viral protein fragment actually expressed in the GM plants? If so, in what proportion of the GMO's and under what circumstances? Exactly what part of P6 is expressed? Is that viral protein fragment functional? (not tested)

    -Is the viral protein product toxic to humans? Podevin & du Jardin say it does not resemble known toxic or allergenic peptides. independentsciencenews.org implies that it is, based on its known mechanisms in dicotyledonous plants, but this is a HUGE assumption to jump to animals, and not tested.

    In short, interesting, and take note, but don't panic.



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    Jan 25, 2013 1:19 AM GMT
    In other words, GMOs are speeding up the process of human evolution. After a few generations, this kind of stuff will grow naturally, and humans will be better adapted to it.

    Just a hunch...