Skip to comments.Scientists: New GMO wheat may 'silence' vital human genes
Posted on 11/03/2012 6:26:28 AM PDT by Renfield
Australian scientists are expressing grave concerns over a new type of genetically engineered wheat that may cause major health problems for people that consume it.
University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the results of his genetic research into the wheat, a type developed by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a press conference last month.
"What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes," Heinemann stated. "The findings are absolutely assured. There is no doubt that these matches exist."
Flinders University Professor Judy Carman and Safe Food Foundation Director Scott Kinnear concurred with Heinemann's analysis.
"If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat -- well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five," Carman said.
Digital Journal contacted Heniemann and Kinnear for more information on their research and future actions they may take regarding this issue.
"To date we have not heard from CSIRO, nor are we aware that CSIRO has released any safety studies into the GM wheat," Kinnear said in an email response. "We are in the final stages of drafting a formal letter to CSIRO which will be requesting further information and asking for them to undertake the studies that are recommended in our reports."
According to the researchers, extended testing should be performed before the wheat is put on store shelves. "We firmly believe that long term chronic toxicological feeding studies are required in addition to the detailed requests made by Heinemann for the DNA sequences used," Kinnear stated.
"The industry routinely does feeding studies anyway, so it should not be too much more difficult to do long term (lifetime) studies and include inhalation studies," Heinemann added. "These should be tuned to the way people would be exposed to the product."
The researchers also cautioned consumers against eating the wheat if it is approved prematurely. "I would advise citizens to request that these tests be done and the evidence meet with their standards of scientific rigour if in the end it is approved for use," said Heinemann.
If the concerns surrounding CSIRO's GM wheat are not resolved, the issue could end up in court, according to Kinnear: "If CSIRO was to consider moving towards human feeding trials without conducting these studies, we would be looking at what legal avenues are available to stop them."
By what mechanisms?
Human stomachs contain hydrochloric acid, plus this wheat is processed and cooked before ingestion.How does the wheat gene survive the processing, the cooking and the stomach acid? After that miracle, how does the wheat gene influence human genes at the cellular level?
Do not eat GMO foods. I eliminated all corn and soy from my diet. Don't buy processed foods. Eat natural.
Food companies and the FDA are conducting a huge experiment on Americans. I choose not to participate.
Don’t confuse the issue with actual facts or science...
Without being too graphic, check your stool after eating a couple ears of corn. You will see whole kernels that survived intact.
There is no mechanism.
These so called scientists are today’s Luddites.
GM food bad
No matter the innovation if it helps people, or people enjoy it, it’s bad.
How many years now have they been telling us that coffee is bad for us? Thousands of studies later there are only benefits.
Corn is not wheat. However, like the wheat, it is not eaten raw and must also pass thru the stomach.
You are seeing a cellulose shell on the corn after the (cooked/processed) corn kernel has passed thru the GI tract and what can be digested has been. That corn is also likely GMO and that still does not answer the question:”By what mechanism does the digested portion of the cooked and processed corn (wheat) affect human gene function?”
Cow patties also contain the remains of corn that were not digested. Cows still survive on it. So do chickens.
Examining one’s stool says nothing about plant genes affecting human genes with regard to the plant’s processing into food and further processing within the body.
I’m with you.
I can’t eat any wheat products anyway, as it causes massive indigestion. Corn and soy have been eliminated from my diet for several years. Basmati rice (from India) and potato - that’s the only starchy carbohydrates I will eat.
This wheat gives new meaning to the expression, ‘Frankenfood’.
Yeah, I know, I know.
I just wish basic biology, anatomy and physiology were taught routinely to everyone. Real critical thinking is extinct.
I am not a science professional. This technology called the Internet allows anyone at all discover the facts, the science and often this information is written at a 9th grade level and therefore accessible. If not, a 2nd window open to a medical dictionary or physiology site will clear things up for the non-professional.
But, no! It is easier to feed one’s ignorance and paranoia by swallowing undigested pap from someone’s agenda.
However, I am old and I was taught logic. That is another discipline that could be returned to the curriculum.
No, but it does say quite a bit about the individual, especially if they continue to play with it or throw it.
Hair on fire alert!! When you hear the term GMO everyone jump up, wave their hands in the air and run around the room screaming, “We’re all gonna die by age five!!!”.
Maybe the wheat was designed to get rid of millions of pesky humans. What kind of wheat does George Soros and Bill Gates consume?
You may now return to freaking out.
Cleaning your butt with corn cobs.
The more you ready and study this GMO foods issue, the more evil it sounds. Why mess with God’s natural production?
Of course, the Big Government, Business Socialist, and Free Trade Globalist crowd loves GMO food....because they can eliminate the competition. But at what cost? GMO food is not done to provide a better product...it is done so Big Government/Business Socialist/Free Trade Globalist can limit producers and production (note these are the same groups of people that always want Government Farm Subsidies)
An interesting book entitled WHEAT BELLY by cardiologist William Davis makes a similar point regarding the newer strains of wheat grown since the mid-sixties. He discovered by accident in his practice that when his heart patients went on wheat-free diets, their heart condition dramatically improved. He set out to find out why and the book is the result.
Lots of ifs, maybe. give me money for further study.
Hoping that was a /s. Granted, the Internet is full of BS on every subject.
I first heard about GW in the late 80s. I made it a point to find out what I could from sources I could trust. It was a matter of discernment. I guess it took a couple of years before I felt I understood some of the processes and learned that many of those processes are not even understood by the people who study them for a living. It was more difficult to tease out who was reliable and what was accurate/well-understood than it was to cover basic climatology. But, then, I loved that warmer decade and last winter and this warmer Fall, so I once I decided the planet was not in peril, I just relaxed and learned to enjoy GW.
I am still learning about everything. Much more interesting than being in a panic.
For those in the greater Houston area there will be a viewing of Genetic Roulette on November 17 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library - 8125 Ashland Way, The Woodlands, Texas at 9:30am.
The showing is free and open to the public.
Not freaking, just being careful. For example, with Monsanto's genetically modified "Bt" corn, the corn's DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. It's a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them. Monsanto and (EPA) assured us it was only insects that would be hurt, and the Bt-toxin would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system, and not have any impact on all of us.
Doctors found the corn's Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women.i The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.
We are being experimented on. I choose not to play as best I can. This is different that selective breeding of plants.
Just curious - why do you bother coming to Free Republic?
If we were all able to go back in a time machine to 200+ years ago, what would we find? First of all, wed find produce much smaller and often full of bugs. Prime cuts of beef would be a luxury for most people. Comparatively speaking and in todays values, items like four and sugar and even salt would be very expensive in todays dollars.
Wed not be able to get fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months, wed see and would be accustomed to shortages in some foods due to local crop failures because of crop pests and diseases. Wed be total dependent on local crops as absent refrigeration and crops that are modified, either from selective breeding or through its much more efficient close cousin and really no different - genetic engineered, to withstand shipping over long distances; wed be limited to what was grown locally. If you were dependent on what you or your close neighbors grew yourselves and your crops failed, you might well starve to death or come very close to it. And people would die or suffer lifelong disabilities from diseases unknown to us now like scurvy. Thats not to say that everyone didnt survive and eat fairly well, but it took a lot more personal energy and resources and planning and dollars to do so compared to today.
If we went back in time, wed also be accustomed to having large families but also with the fact that many of our children would never live to adulthood because they succumbed to now preventable diseases like measles or the flu or simple bacterial infections due to a cut or an abscessed tooth. While a few of us would live to a very ripe old age; that would be the exception as a great many of us would die before the age of 50. Many women would die during child birth.
FWIW, I went shopping at a Wegmans yesterday love that store BTW. But as I was shopping for some produce, in particular for some fresh cauliflower, the first thing I noticed was there were two types: conventional and organic. The organic heads of cauliflower were half the size and twice the cost of the non-organic. So which do you think I bought?
You guys are killing all the ‘we’re gonna die from eating’ fun.
Dollars to donuts his patients lost weight. Eliminate all bread, pasta cakes, cookies, donuts, etc. from your diet and you will most likely lose plenty of weight. Lose weight and your heart condition improves.
It's not rocket surgery.
“Why mess with Gods natural production?”
You're way too late to the dinner table, there is no food, NO FOOD, you eat that is “natural”.
And the article is an example of misdirection.
You have hit the nail on the head. This is all about monopoly control of the food supply by the One World Government/New World Order/United Nations crowd. SUBMIT TO US, OR YOU WILL NOT EAT.
I’ve stopped eating wheat (I can’t digest it anyway). Occasionally I eat corn chips but they are the non-GMO blue corn type. Havent’ eaten any soy stuff in years. I have two large gardens and an orchard, and raise nearly all of my fruits and vegetables (I still buy bananas at the store). I raise only open-pollinated heirloom varieties. We eat mostly venison and local, grass-fed lamb for our meat. I will not submit to the NWO villains.
At some time in the future there will be basically two kinds of people. Those that eat GM foods and those that starve. — Captain Compassion
Good grief, man. You need to look up fumonisins and how dangerous those can be to humans if consumed. Then you need to look up the source for this type of fungi (it's corn) and how Monsanto's product protects us from them. Lots of people have died from consuming fumonisins found in corn. Maybe you could link us to a source that proves someone has died from Bt corn. I won't hold my breath.
Again, everything you eat has been genetically modified in some way. To me, being careful is not synonymous with starving. But then, I prefer eating to starving. To each his own.
People who rant about GM foods should take a few minutes to learn about a guy named Norman Borlaug. Every American should know who he is. Unfortunately, more people know the Kardashians than Borlaug. It's a sad commentary on our society and the sad state of our system of public education.
The anti-science presence on this forum is unfortunate. Nothing like a junk science article on GM foods to bring out the Luddites. Not quite as bad as vaccines, but still unfortunate.
I wish it could silence the stupid gene.
But what would panic mongers do then?
I’m glad to hear you’re learning. I’m doing the same - as best I can.
The trouble is that much of science has sold out to ideology. You write as though finding the truth these days involved little more that doing an internet search.
Even among those scientists whose integrity has not been compromised, there remains so much ignorance - simply because there’s so much left to discover. So, as someone pointed out above, yesterday coffee was bad for us, but today it’s good for us.
Perhaps its premature, then, to claim that GMO (modified artificially, as opposed to, say, crossbreeding - a distinction some would obscure) is harmful. To claim it’s harmless, on the other hand, is clearly reckless.
Your eagerness to dig for the truth is a rarity, and so it seems unlikely the GMO experiment will be halted. We’ll probably know within a few decades whether or not it was a mistake.
Food companies and the FDA are conducting a huge experiment on Americans. I choose not to participate.
Humans are very complex, God made us that way. Each of us in very unique right down to our fingerprints. Our response to certain factors is also unique to each one of us.
CSIRO, a Communist organization. I wouldn’t trust anything from them as being nothing but bias along the same lines as our liberals.
I buy non-GMO kamut from www.waltonfeed.com and then make my own flour with a hand mill.
Kamut is the ancient wheat grown in Egypt. The seeds were found in a tomb and sprouted after over 2000 years.
Dear Fool, algore provides and excellent example for the dangers of never having studied science of any kind, and then pretending that you have a clue. I’ve found that many offering their opinion as fact on this forum have had the least amount of training in any scientific discipline. They find something on the internet that fits with, and supports, their belief(s) and then run with it. They do this because they never took the time to obtain the knowledge necessary for differentiating legitimate science from junk. As a result, junk marches on.
I used to think the same as you.
Then I got Vitamin A poisoning from eating white rice (GMO). To be fair, I took too many supplements and maxed out the Vit A in my liver.
However, I eat rice every day. I had stopped taking supplements and the poisoning got worse. Then I found out that almost all rice has been modified to add lots of Vit A for the benefit of third world kids.
I switched to Non GMO organic brown rice. Problem solved.
Even so, I'd bet the odds are far better that a stupid gene exists than a fat gene or gay gene. There's just too much of it for any other explanation to be plausible.
Thats all true. :)
Actually the story is more complicated than that although you are correct in surmising his overweight patients did loose weight but that does not explain why his thin and physically fit heart patients also improved. There were also quite intriguing consequences of the diet such as dramatic improvements with arthritis and asthma.
Check it out:
CBS interview -
WHEAT BELLY blog -
If FreeRepublic has done nothing else in the scientific arena, it has exposed ideology masquerading as science. This new “science” resists examination, refuses debate, and paints its questioners as Luddites who long for a return to the Dark Ages.
Here’s a popular quote you might wish to adopt, as it’ll probably come in handy whenever the ignorant question your authoritative declarations:
“The science is settled. The debate is over.”
He comes to freerepublic same reason I do. We have big problems with the attitudes of global elitists, socialism and corporate welfare. Why do you come to freerepublic?
Genetically engineered food needs to be studied and does not deserve being given a corner on the food market by corrupted politicans giving them special considerations.
Or perhaps, the effort to ban hardier, higher yield, GMOs is spearheaded by the likes of Soros in an effort to starve millions of pesky humans.
I don't fear debate on this subject. That's absurd. I took issue with the people who fear things they don't understand. Fear of Bt corn, when this particular genetic engineering makes food much safer for consumers, is irrational. If pointing that out gets your panties in a wad, it isn't my fault. Deal.
That's true, I never knew there were so many people who think their fear of pasteurization is somehow based on science.
The science is settled. The debate is over.
The science is never settled. And we'll always have fear mongers and their anti-science.