I fw the comment of Joe Cummins, a prof emeritus of genetics U of W Ont and
one of the leading scientific critics of gene-tampering.
The article below brings to attention the use of human Cytochrome p450
genes to produce resistance to most herbicides. A number of such
cytochrome p450 genes have been released for field testing in Japan.
The article swallows the biotech industry public relations that there is
nothing really wrong about putting human genes into rice.
The first thing that comes to mind is that the human enzymes put into
rice are responsible for causing many kinds of human cancer by activating
certain pollutants to forms that attack the genes causing mutation. The
common products of automobiles, incinerators and forest fires called
PAHs are activated to cause cancer by the P450 enzymes. The fact that the
humanized rice is likely to be loaded with active genotoxins
(carcinogens) is not discussed by the academic journal editors who
provide public relations for corporations.
Furthermore, the human genes are alerted in DNA sequence to be more
active in plants. The digestive fragments of altered human DNA may be
very destructive to the human liver by disrupting the liver cytochromoe
p450 genes as people eat the humanized rice. I am pointing out that the
DNA is different from the human DNA swallowed by cannibals (for example
We have entered a dangerous era where public relations are favored over
scientific truth by those claiming to be the "real" scientists.
GM industry puts human gene into rice
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor
Independent on Sunday, 24 April 2005
Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in
a dramatic extension of genetic modification.