In Australia, the government is engineering a wheat species that can shut down parts of its own genetic code. Permanently.
This development wouldn’t be quite so appalling if the molecules in this genetically modified (GM) grain didn’t also line up with GATC sequences in humans.
These sequences – Guanine, Adenine, Thymine and Cytosine – are the building blocks of DNA, which differ by less than 3 percent between cows and humans, and less than 1.75 percent between gorillas and humans.
To drive home that point, consider the fact that the human genome is 200 times larger than that of a species of yeast, 200 times smaller than a species of amoeba, and 30 times smaller than that of certain plants and amphibians (e.g., salamanders, toads and frogs). If you’ve followed me this far, you might remember the fairy tale about a princess kissing a frog to make him human! (Doesn’t seem quite so far-fetched now, does it?)
More important, the complex nature of the human animal is constructed on fewer than 25,000 genetic “strings”, with 40 to 50 percent of those being repeats, or noncoding DNA snippets that splice the segments of DNA which code for a protein and spur such things as red hair, a big nose, musical aptitude, or one of the myriad factors that make up a whole human being.
But back to the GM wheat. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), the scientific branch of Australia’s government, is developing the GM wheat species. CSIRO bills itself as “one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.” What the organization seems to forget is the fact that bigger is seldom better.
GM Silencing Genes will Silence that Inner….Something. But What?
Fortunately some real scientists are examining the GM wheat. A case in point would be Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety (Christchurch, New Zealand), who noted in particular that the silencing genes in the wheat were very similar, if not identical, to human genes.
The danger is that the GM wheat genes, eaten by humans, can “turn off” some of our genes as well.
But no one knows which sequence the GM wheat gene will silence. The only thing certain, notes Professor Judy Carman of Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia), is that the findings are completely accurate, and these human/wheat matches do exist.
Worst-case scenario as outlined by Carman suggests that, if the same gene silenced in GM wheat were to be silenced in the offspring of humans carrying that match, offspring would tend to die by the age of five.
And if that doesn’t set your teeth on edge, consider this: silenced genes are permanently silenced and can be passed down through many generations while at no time offering replacement therapy to correct the aberration. This is perhaps Nature’s way of saying, “What’s done is done.”
We Need to Get Educated on GM Genetic Modification.
GM food is already out in the marketplace and in many cases you are not being told the real truth. And the truth is exceptionally well hidden with clever marketing and labelling. In the following video there are many calls to action which I urge you to take. Get educated and stand up for your rights and the rights of future generations.
GMO red alert: GM wheat may cause liver failure, warn scientists
Tampering with any living thing’s DNA seems risky. It was less than nine years ago that the Human Genome Project (HGP) completed sequencing. It was only a few years ago that scientists acknowledged the role of “non-sequencing” DNA as more important than merely spacers for working DNA. Think, for example, of the role a capacitor or rectifier regulator plays in the generation or damping of electrical current.
The HGP website notes that, “An important feature of the project was the federal government’s long-standing dedication to the transfer of technology to the private sector.”
This is made to sound like a good thing. In fact, technology transfers (as from a private or public company to the research arm of a university) take their cures out of the reach of the poor simply because the average cost of drug development runs about $4 billion, and in order to recoup that investment even ethical pharmaceutical companies have to charge exorbitant prices for new drugs. If they didn’t, they would be bankrupt and no longer able to invent cures.
In the case of the GM wheat, the genes associated with the project have been deemed classified and confidential information. This means that no outside, private party can ask for, or receive, the research notes that led to the GM wheat invention.
According to Dr. Heinemann, the SEI portion of the GM wheat precisely mirrors the GBE in the human genome. Research has already proven that a defective GBE gene can cause death by destroying the liver at a very young age. Another defect in the GBE gene results in an inability to think and to reason, numbness and tingling in the extremities (hands, feet, arms and legs), pyramidal quadriplegia (an ailment similar to cerebral palsy) and urinary incontinence.
Why exactly do the Aussies think we need GM wheat when this year’s wheat crop is more than abundant? Is it always mankind’s failing to muck about in things he doesn’t really understand?