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Scientists Get OK to Put Human Genes in Cattle (Hold Muh Steak Alert)
Reuters News Service ^ | October 1, 2002

Posted on 10/01/2002 1:19:08 PM PDT by NYer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Reuters) - New Zealand gave the go ahead Tuesday to begin experiments that involve inserting human genes into cattle to produce proteins that could be used to treat medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

A committee of the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA), which controls the introduction of new plants, animals and genetically modified organisms into New Zealand, approved the plan despite receiving only seven of 850 submissions supporting the proposal.

The authority placed restrictions on the experiment -- the first in New Zealand to involve genetic modification outside a laboratory -- including electronic animal tagging and a complete ban on any cow leaving the secured site. Under the approved plan, a state research institute, AgResearch Ltd., plans to insert genes from goats, pigs, sheep, mice and humans into the cattle, with the resulting genetically modified embryos transferred into normal cows to create 'transgenic calves.'

"You do the research because you don't know the answers. Although some of the uncertainties of the research may be related to the risks, likewise some of those uncertainties may be related to the benefits," ERMA Chief Executive Basil Walker said.

If successful, the research could advance work to prevent or minimize multiple sclerosis, a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system, the AgResearch scientists said.

Anti-GMO lobby group GE Free New Zealand attacked the decision saying said the risks of genetically modified organisms getting into the food chain or crossing into other species was too great.

Genetic modification is a controversial issue in New Zealand where the economy is heavily dependent on agricultural produce and markets itself as having a green, pristine environment.

The recently re-elected, Labor-led coalition government plans to lift a ban on the commercial release of genetically modified organisms next year, a stand that caused the environmentalist Green Party to refuse to join Labor in power.


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The next steak you eat may be "Uncle Fred".

1 posted on 10/01/2002 1:19:09 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; FreedomPoster; Timesink; AntiGuv; dpa5923; ...
"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

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This has come about after much badgering by you, my friends and extended family...

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2 posted on 10/01/2002 1:20:04 PM PDT by mhking
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To: NYer
I guess the term "Bite me" will have new meaning, yes?
3 posted on 10/01/2002 1:20:32 PM PDT by mhking
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To: mhking
Tastes like chicken?
4 posted on 10/01/2002 1:21:22 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: NYer
Where's the Beef???
5 posted on 10/01/2002 1:28:07 PM PDT by Augustus McCrae
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To: mhking
If successful, the research could advance work to prevent or minimize multiple sclerosis

......... for who? Uncle Fred or the cow?

6 posted on 10/01/2002 1:45:07 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
Sheep farmers and lonely shepherds have been rumored for centuries to have been inserting their genetic material in friendly ewes- why do these scientists get the spotlight? ;-) You need a date in New Zealand (or insert other sheep producing nation here)? Just put on a pair of velcro covered mittens and run out and catch you one...
7 posted on 10/01/2002 1:57:37 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: NYer
My wife has MS and we feel its effects every day, but I have to say that any path toward a cure that involves mixing human and animal DNA seems unacceptable. I may just be worry about a non-existent slippery slope, but it seems that playing with human and animal DNA doesn't pass the means vs ends test.

I know I'm having a hard time articulating my objection - maybe I need to reread Wells' "The Island of Dr Moreau."

8 posted on 10/01/2002 1:57:45 PM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
ping

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9 posted on 10/01/2002 2:23:06 PM PDT by P7M13
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To: NYer
***Scientists Get OK to Put Human Genes in Cattle...***

Oh no!


10 posted on 10/01/2002 2:43:26 PM PDT by archy
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To: RobRoy; Poohbah; dighton; aculeus; Orual
"Tastes like chicken?"

Long-pork.

11 posted on 10/01/2002 3:02:10 PM PDT by BlueLancer
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To: NYer
Scientists Get OK to Put Human Genes in Cattle

Been done. Just look at Hillary.

12 posted on 10/01/2002 3:24:04 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: NYer
"You do the research because you don't know the answers.

Oh? Does the Island of Dr. Moureau sound familiar?
13 posted on 10/01/2002 3:27:55 PM PDT by Camachee
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To: fhayek
Please apologize to all cows. Now.

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14 posted on 10/01/2002 3:30:32 PM PDT by P7M13
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To: NYer
Yesterday there was a news report that some scientist has developed a way to bio-engineer meat in a vat. Now this.

Anyone remember the movie Soylent Green.
15 posted on 10/01/2002 3:35:04 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: RadioAstronomer; longshadow; PatrickHenry; Junior
Transgenic-critters bump!
16 posted on 10/01/2002 3:40:46 PM PDT by Aracelis
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To: Piltdown_Woman

Old news. Been there, done that.
17 posted on 10/01/2002 5:01:51 PM PDT by PatrickHenry
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To: Sabertooth
Hmmmm.....
18 posted on 10/01/2002 5:09:04 PM PDT by general_re
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To: Puddleglum; COB1; P7M13
I am so sorry your wife suffers with this debilitating disease - Prayers for a cure soon........
19 posted on 10/01/2002 5:41:58 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
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20 posted on 10/01/2002 5:42:17 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: NYer
"Cowpoke" takes on a hole new meaning.
21 posted on 10/01/2002 5:45:07 PM PDT by Consort
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To: NYer
It's definitely going to be less appetizing to have a BBQ!
22 posted on 10/01/2002 5:49:19 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Puddleglum
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, FOR THAT PING, TEXAS GIRL!!
I read everything that comes out on MS, and I hadn't heard of this!
My daughter reads the same things as I read so she may not have heard of it, either.
I'll forward this to her!

Folks, there's an old saying, "Don't judge an Indian until you walk a mile in his mocassins."
If this procedure will find a cure for MS, I support it all the way.
If you had MS, I think you would, also.

Puddlegum, I know what you're going through, and I'm very sorry.
My daughter was diagnosed about five years ago.

23 posted on 10/01/2002 6:17:52 PM PDT by COB1
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To: mhking
I guess the term "Bite me" will have new meaning, yes?

Bwahahaha.

24 posted on 10/01/2002 6:21:22 PM PDT by altair
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To: NYer
Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri (I can't find it in the on-line version) had an article in the Science section about putting rat's teeth in pigs. Ewww.
25 posted on 10/01/2002 6:25:13 PM PDT by altair
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To: COB1; Puddleglum
If this procedure will find a cure for MS, I support it all the way.

I agree with you.

I am so sorry to hear this news. :-( To both of you, I hope they find a cure soon!

26 posted on 10/01/2002 6:56:24 PM PDT by RadioAstronomer
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To: mhking
"(Hold Muh Steak Alert)"?

I told you that this Hold Muh ______ Alert thing was going to be big. Now I can say that I know somebody who started a "trend" on Free Republic. ;-)

27 posted on 10/01/2002 7:42:56 PM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: theprogrammer
but apparently there are people who admit to such reasoning.

Holy cow or cow-thingie!

I forgot to turn off the transgenetic sarcasm button. I'm a big advocate of speculative genetic engineering. I think we should all give up a few genes and hope for the best.

I only hope I will be crossed with a cat. I've always wanted to intellectualize why I p!$$ on bushes.

29 posted on 10/01/2002 8:58:01 PM PDT by Camachee
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To: wildbill

30 posted on 10/01/2002 10:16:08 PM PDT by weegee
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To: archy
Don't forget to add Gene Rayburn to your "gene" pool:


31 posted on 10/01/2002 10:18:56 PM PDT by weegee
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To: NYer
Great! The wonders of modern science - they now know how to turn us all into cannibals.
32 posted on 10/01/2002 11:21:32 PM PDT by ClancyJ
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