By Dr. Graciela Gomez Vizcay
Scientific ethics where? – on Behalf of the Gates Foundation, researchers at Iowa State University offer $900 for students entering eating genetically modified bananas for an experiment.
According to the site Des Moines, these genetically modified bananas were developed by scientists at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. Bananas allegedly have been developed to help produce vitamin A and were aimed at people living in African countries.
What is not reported is what relationship exists between this experiment and the ” Ebola banana ” sweeping Asia, a fungus Tropical Race 4 (TR4) that attacks the lymphatic system of the plant causing a virus installed as what was the Xylella fastidiosa in trees in Italy?
When it comes to Gates and his ilk, anything is possible. How much money at stake purchase ethics and honor of a house of studies such as the State University of Iowa?
Biotechnology companies and creators of transgenic always say their products are going to save the world, but usually do not measure up to your expectations and come together with a list of unpleasant side effects and unintended consequences.
Wendy White, one of the principal investigators who promoted this study, wrote in an earlier statement that these bananas can help children with vitamin deficiencies.
“In Uganda and other African countries, vitamin A deficiency is a major contributor to childhood deaths from infectious diseases. Would not it be great if these bananas could prevent the deaths of preschool age, because of the diarrhea, malaria or measles? “White said.
Of course, that would be great, but there is no guarantee that these bananas will actually have the desired effect.
White and his team are offering female volunteers $900 to eat unproven, and possibly dangerous, bananas. Volunteers will eat three bananas, each of which would be a genetically modified species.
The study has been delayed for over a year due to resistance from activists who say it is not safe, but now the team plans to go ahead with the experiments anyway.
In a statement this week, activists protesting the food safety criticized the study, saying that “the ISU students are asked to be the first to consume a product of unknown safety. The study was not conducted in a transparent manner and that members of the ISU community have not been able to receive answers to research design, the risks, the nature of informed consent given by stakeholders and the generalization of the study. ”
Activists say more than 57,000 people have signed a petition demanding the end of the study, but is expected to go ahead as planned experiment this year.
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