Friday, May 02, 2003

One of the world's biggest douchebags writes of biopharming in Nature Biotechnology
Thus, genes could be transferred from a crop that has been modified to synthesize a pharmaceutical, but that is likely to occur only if a certain gene(s) that has moved confers a selective advantage on the recipient -- an occurrence that should be uncommon with biopharming, where most often the added gene (which directs the synthesis of large amounts of substances intended for nonagricultural purposes) will place the recipient at a selective disadvantage. In other words, plants that acquire the ability to produce the pharmaceutical are unlikely to compete successfully and proliferate....
ok, if you say so...
But one might well ask, who has conferred on the food manufacturers the imperium to decide where, when and how new plant varieties should be tested and cultivated? Conversely, why shouldn't pharmaceutical companies decide that their cultivation of crops that produce potentially inexpensive, life-saving drugs should take precedence, and that lest gene transfer from food crops cause contamination, it is the food crops that should be segregated and stringently regulated?
Why indeed? Because, you know, those pharmaceutical companies just want to help people:
But three months later, many biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies say the plan known as Project Bioshield may not be radical enough. Enthusiasm for the concept of a government-driven market is nearly unanimous within the industry, and dozens of companies have pledged their support. But executives say that, given the financial and legal hazards of developing drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests for deadly pathogens, they want a higher guaranteed profit and fewer restrictions than the current proposal would offer.
Your stinking regulations are holding back our glorious march into the future. But you're shirking your duty to guarantee our profits with taxpayer dollars. Fucking commies.

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