Quote:By Andrew Marszal
Reports last week that researchers could be just six months away from producing the worldâ€™s first artificial meat, using thousands of stem cells bred in a laboratory, sent a wave of fascination around the world. Yet there is an even more ghoulish prospect ahead: the idea of eating artificial food made from humans.
This may sound like science fiction, yet a new technique for making gelatin from human DNA is attracting â€œincreasing interest from research and industrial circlesâ€, according to a new study by scientists from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology. The paper, published recently in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, revealed that successful experiments had been carried out in which human genes were inserted into a strain of yeast to â€œgrowâ€ large amounts of recombinant (genetically engineered) human gelatin.
Gelatin has a long history of use as a gelling agent by the food industry â€“ and, according to the journalâ€™s publisher, the American Chemical Society, human-derived gelatin â€œcould become a substitute for some of the 300,000 tons of animal-based gelatin produced annually for desserts, marshmallows, candy and innumerable other productsâ€.
There would be safety issues to consider. When an ice-cream parlour in London began selling flavours derived from human breast milk earlier this year, it was soon withdrawn for hygiene reasons. The Food Standards Agency said: â€œThere would be a restriction on the sale or import of this type of product, because it would require a pre-market safety assessment.â€
However, scientists do not believe that the new gelatin product would pose any risk. â€œThereâ€™s a very high degree of similarity between gelatin that comes from a cow, a pig, and a human,â€ explains Dr David Olsen, senior scientist at FibroGen, which specialises in recombinant gelatins. â€œSo due to their similarities, I canâ€™t see why there would be a health risk to it. Itâ€™s a very similar protein to what people have been ingesting for many years.â€
In fact, human-derived gelatin is already in use by the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of certain pills and vaccines. The highly controlled production techniques of the laboratory offer a more consistent product than â€œtraditionalâ€ gelatin, which is made from the bones and skin of pigs and cows. More broadly, human genes are used by pharmaceutical firms in the production of insulin for diabetics, human growth hormone, and erythropoietin, which is used to treat anaemia...continues http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/87430...n-DNA.html
Look at the language used in the article to make the reader's subconscious believe this is a good idea. At the article it has a picture of sweets with Taboo? written underneath.
If this happens it gives a whole new meaning to these sweets
Whats up with the green jelly baby knows something the others kids don't know? Won't get past airport security with that attitude.
From wiki "Jelly babies were launched by Bassett's in 1918 in Sheffield as "Peace Babies" to mark the end of World War I. "