Today, Monsanto looms over the global ag landscape like a colossus. It is the globe’s largest seed purveyor—and its dominant vendor of genetically modified traits. How dominant? Here’s NPR on the company’s mastery over the US GMO market: “More than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds carry [Monsanto’s] Roundup Ready trait. It’s about the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn.” It also sells nearly $1 billion worth of herbicides every three months. Continue reading
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Scientists have created genetically modified cattle that produce “human” milk in a bid to make cows’ milk more nutritious.
The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk.
Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections.
The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and formula milk for babies, which is often criticised as being an inferior substitute.
They hope genetically modified dairy products from herds of similar cows could be sold in supermarkets. The research has the backing of a major biotechnology company. Continue reading
Canadian biotech company debuts new vaccine for cattle which aims to prevent E. coli O157 transmission to humans
BELLEVILLE, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ – Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX & ASX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, gave a presentation about its E. coli O157 cattle vaccine at the First International One Health Congress in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Bioniche presentation – by Rick Culbert, President of Bioniche Food Safety – was focused on the challenge of implementing cattle vaccination against E. coli O157 to reduce the risk of human infection. Continue reading
Bio-tech frontiers — growing monkey tissue inside a living sheep — first step to growing human organs for transplant
What will they think of next?
July 6, 2009 – Japanese researchers have altered a sheep to grow monkey tissue in an attempt to turn animals into human organ biofactories. Watch the Reuters video.