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Australian scientists are expressing grave concerns over a new type of genetically engineered wheat that may cause major health problems for people that consume it. University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the results of his genetic research into the wheat, a type developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a press conference last month.

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"What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes," Heinemann stated. "The findings are absolutely assured. There is no doubt that these matches exist." Flinders University Professor Judy Carman and Safe Food Foundation Director Scott Kinnear concurred with Heinemann's analysis. "If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat -- well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five," Carman said. Digital Journal contacted Heniemann and Kinnear for more information on their research and future actions they may take regarding this issue. "To date we have not heard from CSIRO, nor are we aware that CSIRO has released any safety studies into the GM wheat," Kinnear said in an email response. "We are in the final stages of drafting a formal letter to CSIRO which will be requesting further information and asking for them to undertake the studies that are recommended in our reports." According to the researchers, extended testing should be performed before the wheat is put on store shelves. "We firmly believe that long term chronic toxicological feeding studies are required in addition to the detailed requests made by Heinemann for the DNA sequences used," Kinnear stated. "The industry routinely does feeding studies anyway, so it should not be too much more difficult to do long term (lifetime) studies and include inhalation studies," Heinemann added. "These should be tuned to the way people would be exposed to the product." The researchers also cautioned consumers against eating the wheat if it is approved prematurely. "I would advise citizens to request that these tests be done and the evidence meet with their standards of scientific rigour if in the end it is approved for use," said Heinemann. If the concerns surrounding CSIRO's GM wheat are not resolved, the issue could end up in court, according to Kinnear: "If CSIRO was to consider moving towards human feeding trials without conducting these studies, we would be looking at what legal avenues are available to stop them."
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Genetically Modified Crops serve one purpose only. They give control of the food supply to transnational biotech corporations so that these corporations can profit from this control. The health and well being of humans and animals is not considered. Reply · 11 · Like · October 14, 2012 at 6:50pm Keith Ludlow · Merchandiser at Premier Tech Home & Garden Biotech is not a profitable industry (yet). It is more likely just honest mistakes borne of a desire to help mass starvation in the World. Reply · 1 · Like · January 26 at 5:41am Carmel Taylor People need to take a stance against what is happening to our foods that we eat today. I'm beginning to think the very food that we eat to keep us ALIVE is slowly KILLING us instead. Reply · 5 · Like · October 15, 2012 at 4:04pm Heather Rae Bowman It is. Research CODEX, and WHO's research. Take a look at your water. Get the info from your local water department, and they can tell you how much of... what is in your water. I honestly don't want to shower in my water... let alone drink it. Reply · 1 · Like · November 2, 2012 at 7:27am Irene Borkton · Costa Mesa, California VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS.........NEVER EVER BUY GMO! Reply · 4 · Like · October 16, 2012 at 11:25am Pat Nay · University of Southern California Just another reason to just say No to GMO's. Reply · 3 · Like · October 14, 2012 at 8:28am Rodney Cash Craverz Smith · Dishwasher/Line Cook at The Corner Bakery & Cafe Everyone really needs to start paying more attention to this. The implications of GMO's goes beyond what is in this article. Everyone should Google "risks of GMO's" to have a more informed opinion. These "Frankenfoods" have been poisoning our food chain for decades. Every state should be demanding labeling of GMO's n required FDA/USDA testing n regulation of. Reply · 2 · Like · October 25, 2012 at 12:33pm Matt Son · University of Southern Indiana How convenient. They've developed genetically modified wheat that ensures that kills a parents offspring by the age of 5. Considering the 1% are well aware the planet is vastly overpopulated with respect to its remaining resources, I expect somebody's getting a Nobel for this one. Reply · 2 · Like · October 15, 2012 at 8:50am Kira Dolcimascolo · Baltimore, Maryland totally creepy and sad Reply · Like · October 15, 2012 at 8:51am Kristen Halvorsen Pickering · Roanoke, Virginia Wow, that's disturbing. I wonder if it has the same effects in other species, so that animals wandering through the fields nibbling at it will wind up extinct in areas where it's grown? Reply · Like · October 15, 2012 at 8:53am Matt Son · University of Southern Indiana I don't know about the effects on animals. The scientists quoted are worried about "feeding trials" on humans in the near future and have threatened legal action to stop it. I calculate the probability of their success equivalent to that of monkeys flying out of my posterior. Reply · Like · October 15, 2012 at 9:08am
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AGENDA 21 Reply · Like · December 8, 2012 at 6:45am Donald Hull · San Jose City College I keep clicking on GET THE FACTS and nothing happens? Since I have posted some Props that the IBEW endorses and asked us as members to vote on, I AM INTERESTED ON WHAT THE COMMENTS ARE THAT OPPOSES THEM! I really need to stay focused on FACTS that effect me, not a bunch of gobily-goop or poop that is JUST THAT! Reply · 1 · Like · October 16, 2012 at 2:40pm Greg Gerrone · Luzerne County Community College not surprised Reply · Like · October 26, 2012 at 9:18pm John Maxwell · Northeastern University Crazy... Reply · Like · October 14, 2012 at 11:22pm Mark Hall · Co-Owner/Operator at Hallmark Glass We all should pay special attention what we eat. Reply · Like · October 15, 2012 at 7:35am View 1 more
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