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    • #1102
      bjw
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      Do you think the use of biotechnology to manufacture pharmaceutical products (PMPS) in crops is on the rise?

      Any insight to why this technology is up and coming or why it is not is greatly appreciated!

      Thanks! And have a good one!

    • #24284
      b_d_41501
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      Sure it’s on the rise. It’s used to create mass amounts of insulin everyday as we speak now.

    • #24292
      mith
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      Sounds like you’re looking to make an investment lol

    • #24294
      b_d_41501
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      lol. maybe i already have

    • #24450
      DevGrp
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      I thought insulin was made in Ecoli and yeast.

      Is it also being produced in crop plants and if so which and where?

      Thanks

      Ian

    • #24524
      biostudent84
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      quote bjw:

      Do you think the use of biotechnology to manufacture pharmaceutical products (PMPS) in crops is on the rise?

      Any insight to why this technology is up and coming or why it is not is greatly appreciated!

      Thanks! And have a good one!

      It’s considered “unnatural” by many. Simple answer is that it’s new and people are afraid of new things.

    • #24557
      b_d_41501
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      I meant that the insulin was made using plasmids, I misread the topic.

    • #24593
      MrMistery
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      It took me 2 months to convince my mother that there’s no danger in eating that food… It is on the rise… Although some people reject it now they will get used to it..

    • #24595
      biostudent84
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      quote MrMistery:

      It took me 2 months to convince my mother that there’s no danger in eating that food… It is on the rise… Although some people reject it now they will get used to it..

      Haha. I usually give people the information on what is safe and what is not. If they choose not to listen to me…..well, we have a saying in America. It sucks to be them.

      I’ve found it a bad idea to try and shove knowledge down someone’s throat.

    • #24604
      MrMistery
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      I generally agree with you… but this is my mother not some stranger 😉

    • #24612
      b_d_41501
      Participant

      Yeah, people constantly ask me what I thing of as being “safe foods” and I usually get yelled at for telling them something is bad. 😥 😆

    • #24614
      mith
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      I think there’s a slight difference from the original post. She’s referring to plants/animals being used to create drugs not eating these animals. I think these would be kept apart from the normal farm produce(you wouldn’t sell insulin fortified milk for 2bucks a gallon right?). So there’s no danger of biopharmed animals invading the market.

    • #24616
      b_d_41501
      Participant

      Yeah, i got confused on the original post. lol. sorry guys.

    • #24642
      biostudent84
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      No worries!

    • #24964
      DevGrp
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      So there’s no danger of biopharmed animals invading the market

      But there is a danger of biopharmed food CROPS being released. Thats the real problem

      It is already known that the US have failed to contain their GM crops and have contaminated non-GM farms and seed stocks. (see http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_environm … ageID=1315 )

      Current GM crops, mainly Roundup ready and Bt producing plants aren’t such a problem as they are mostly harmless although(see the starlink story http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/940687.stm). Probably no one was hurt by this (there have been a few cases of people suing for allergic reactions in US courts but the medical evidence is inconclusive).

      The big problem is the future. There are plans to produce all sorts of things in food crops. (Examples include vaccines and industrial enzymes) see http://www.newscientist.com/hottopics/g … d=23842700 Many of these things are really useful and worth while (vaccines for the third world) but there doesn’t seem to be enough planning or research into stopping their release into the general food chain or what the implications of this could be.
      GM plant technology has the potential to be very beneficial to the world IF it is properly managed and regulated. A good start would be to avoid producing potentially harmful things in food crops

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