Viridian Note 00275: Bananthrax (fwd)

Tue, 23 Oct 2001 13:45:39 -0700 (PDT)

(snipped from the most recent viridian email)
"CHINA: October 22, 2001

     "SHANGHAI == Genetically modified fruit and other 
food could be used in future to deliver medicine, 
including a vaccine against anthrax, an Australian bio-
technology fund manager said on the weekend. 

    "'The distinction between food and drugs will 
gradually disappear,' said Peter Carre, chairman of 
Xcelerator Life Sciences Funds Group.  (((Yahoo!)))

    "'Medicine will be in milk, it'll be in stuff we 
ingest every day. Food will be the most widely used form 
to distribute medicine,' Carre said at a business 
conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic 
Cooperation (APEC) summit.

     "Carre said bananas were already being genetically 
modified in research laboratories for all types of 
medicinal purposes, including immunisation against four 
strains of anthrax.

     "'Why bananas? They grow quickly, people like them 
and they took early. You could have done it in a tomato if 
you wanted,' Carre told reporters after a speech to the 
conference.  (((Also, they provide more comic relief even 
than cucumbers.)))

     "Carre said Cornell University in upstate New York 
was leading development work on genetically modifying food 
to deliver medicines to people." (...)