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GMO Fungus Escapes in New Zealand
05-10-2013, 02:26 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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There is now another fungus, among us…this one being an escapee from a genetic engineering laboratory at Lincoln University in New Zealand. The refugee fungus, named Beauveria bassiana, occurs naturally in soils throughout the world and has been employed by mankind as a biological insecticide to control a variety of pests.

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/pos...jailbreak/

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05-10-2013, 02:34 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I hope they get working on a fungicide that will control it. One positive thing to this is that it is a naturally occurring fungus, not some test tube monster.
05-10-2013, 02:37 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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How exactly has this naturally occurring fungus been modified I wonder. damned.gif
05-10-2013, 02:39 PM #4
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Quote: In a classic case of mistaken identity, scientists confused the GMO fungus with its wild strain already present in the environment

It's a genetically modified version of the natural fungus. gaah.gif
05-10-2013, 04:24 PM #5
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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damned.gif It seems the fungus was engineered to release a scorpion neurotoxin as well as a white mold disease.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007...5-8#page-1
05-10-2013, 04:49 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:Nor are the modified fungi without risks. M.anisopliae is fairly indiscriminate and can infect a variety of insects. In some ways, that’s promising because it could also be used to control tsetse flies, which spread sleeping sickness, and other species of mosquito that carry dengue fever and filariasis. On the other hand, the fungus could kill beneficial insects too. Fang thinks it should be possible to restrict the fungus to certain insect species by loading them with targeted antibodies.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notroc...t-malaria/

It certainly has it's benefits, but who's watching and studying this GMO fungi after it's release?

Quote:These human-made organisms can reproduce and interbreed with naturalorganisms, thereby spreading to new environments and future generationsin an unpredictable and uncontrollable way. Because we know so littleabout how these novel organisms will act in the environment, andbecause these living organisms can multiply and spread, the potentiallyharmful effects of GE organisms may only be discovered when it is toolate.

For these reasons, GE organisms (or GMOs - genetically modifiedorganisms) must not be released into the environment. They poseunacceptable risks to ecosystems, and threaten biodiversity, wildlifeand sustainable forms of agriculture.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/...netic-pol/

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05-10-2013, 05:00 PM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Yeah it's called horizontal gene transfer and it's happening.



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