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Human gene in rice:

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.

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32 Responses:

  1. So, if you ate it, would you be a cannibal? Or does that mean that now cannibalism is morally justified because really, it's just rice?

  2. phoenixredux says:

    Great. How long before the "Right to Life" crowd starts protesting in front of every halfway decent Chinese buffet in town?

  3. lars_larsen says:

    Soon rice will take over the entire planet and our pesticides will be powerless to stop them! We're all gonna die!

  4. ivan_ghandhi says:

    Now we are what we eat.

  5. korgmeister says:

    I wonder how many genes we shared with rice before?

  6. Do we want to be eating something that has a bit of us in it?

  7. Great. Nothing about, say, bioremediation. No, the point of rice that can digest industrial chemicals and pesticides is to let people use more pesticides!

    We're all doomed.

    • treptoplax says:

      The good news is, these are all pesticides that human liver enzymes can metabolize, so maybe they're less harmful to us, at least.

  8. juceejuce says:

    Can you say matrix? I will not be shocked, FLABERGASKET (ha,ha) to discover, us consumer's are ingesting our own as we speak, or type, or read, from the hormones injected in our chicken or even fruit gamma ray salad."Bovine Spongiform Encapalapathy." P.