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Monsanto GM Corn MON810 Damaged the Intestines of Rats

January 4th, 2017

Via: GM Watch: Rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days suffered serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum (part of the small intestine), according to a new study.[1] The type of corn fed to the rats was MON810: Ajeeb YG, a GM version of Ajeeb, a locally adapted variety […]

CRISPR Gene-Editing Tested in a Person for the First Time

November 16th, 2016

Via: Nature: A Chinese group has become the first to inject a person with cells that contain genes edited using the revolutionary CRISPR–Cas9 technique. On 28 October, a team led by oncologist Lu You at Sichuan University in Chengdu delivered the modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer as part of a clinical […]

Tick Bites That Trigger Severe Meat Allergy on Rise Around the World

October 6th, 2016

Via: Guardian: People living in tick-endemic areas around the world are being warned of an increasingly prevalent, potentially life-threatening side effect to being bitten: developing a severe allergy to meat. The link between tick bites and meat allergies was first described in 2007, and has since been confirmed around the world. Sufferers of “tick-induced mammalian […]

Bill Gates Doubles His Bet on Wiping Out Mosquitoes with Gene Editing

September 6th, 2016

Via: MIT Technology Review: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to double the sum it is spending to create a mosquito-killing technology that relies on CRISPR gene editing. The technique, called a gene drive, is a way to spread traits through wild populations of animals, but its ability to alter nature is drawing opposition […]

CDC Issues Historic Travel Warning Over Miami Zika Outbreak

August 1st, 2016

Zika Virus Made Available to Researchers by Rockefeller Foundation in 1953 While Brazil Was Eradicating Zika Mosquitoes, America Made Them Into Weapons And Now: “Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Join The Fight To Stop Zika Virus” Bonus: Florida! Via: CNN: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an unprecedented travel warning Monday, advising pregnant women and […]

While Brazil Was Eradicating Zika Mosquitoes, America Made Them Into Weapons

June 24th, 2016

Via: Atlas Obscura: In the 1950s, while in South America military-like brigades were hunting down Aedes aegypti, in the United States, the Army was falling in love with the same mosquito. At Fort Detrick, the military’s biological weapons base in Maryland, in great secret, Army scientists were considering how fleas, grasshoppers, and mosquitoes might be […]

Europe’s Robots Would Become ‘Electronic Persons’ Under Draft Plan

June 22nd, 2016

Good luck with that. What about the rest of the world, where automation is rolling out without restriction? Chinese corporations will shit themselves laughing at this one as tens of thousands of human workers are being replaced by robots. My guess is that the controllers have two options as we head into the automated machine […]

Scientists Growing Human Organs in Pigs: “We Think There Is Very Low Potential for a Human Brain to Grow”

June 6th, 2016

Via: BBC: The main concern is that the human cells might migrate to the developing pig’s brain and make it, in some way, more human. Pablo Ross says this is unlikely but is a key reason why the research is proceeding with such caution: “We think there is very low potential for a human brain […]

‘If you have pigs with partly human brains…’

May 18th, 2016

Am I reading the news, or the new D&D Monster Manual? — Also, as my sons reminded me: Minecraft Zombie Pigman: Via: NPR: “If you have pigs with partly human brains you would have animals that might actually have consciousness like a human,” Newman says. “It might have human-type needs. We don’t really know.” That […]

Here Come the Unregulated GMOs

April 18th, 2016

Via: MIT Technology Review: People are arguing about whether genetically modified foods should carry labels. But the next generation of GMOs might not only be unlabeled—they might be unregulated. Over at Scientific American you can read a 6,000-word story about how one such plant, a GM mushroom, was created. The short version is that a […]

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