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Hummusisyummus 05-15-2006 10:23 AM

"A tiny biosciences company is developing a promising drug to fight diarrhea, a scourge among babies in the developing world, but it has made an astonishing number of powerful enemies because it grows the experimental drug in rice genetically engineered with a human gene."

I don't see how protein found in breast milk would be harmful.

gaya 05-15-2006 10:39 AM

I think it would be great if they (hope shand) included the risk of contaminating traditionally grown crops unless I missed it in the article. This also makes me think of breast milk in general. I wonder if we will eventually see immunoglobulins in formula or is that too whacky to consider?

Ludi 05-15-2006 10:43 AM

Much of the diarrhea in babies in the developing world is due to unsafe water supplies and mothers convinced to feed babies formula provided by foreign food aid and prepared with this tainted water, instead of breast milk. Maybe these sorts of efforts would be better spent helping the people with their local food and water supplies. See my links below "growbiointensive" and "greenbelt movement"

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