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Possible consequences of the overlap between the CaMV 35S promoter regions in plant transformation vectors used and the viral gene VI in transgenic plants

Possible consequences of the overlap between the CaMV 35S promoter regions in plant transformation vectors used and the viral gene VI in transgenic plants Download Multiple variants of the Cauliflower mosaic virus 35s promoter (p35s) are used to drive the expression of transgenes in genetically modified plants, for both research purposes and commercial applications. The genetic organization of the densely packed genome of this virus results in sequence overlap between p35s and viral gene VI, encoding the multifunctional p6 protein. The present paper investigates whether introduction of p35s variants by genetic transformation is likely to result in the expression of functional domains of the p6 protein and in potential impacts in […]

Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene In Commercial GMO Crops

Synopsis: A scientific paper published in late 2012 shows that US and EU GMO regulators have for many years been inadvertently approving transgenic events containing an unsuspected viral gene. As a result, 54 different transgenic events commercialized internationally contain a substantial segment of the multifunctional Gene VI from Cauliflower Mosaic Virus (CaMV) within them. Among these are some of the most widely grown GMOs, including Roundup Ready Soybean (40-3-2) and MON810 Maize. The oversight occurred because regulators failed to appreciate that Gene VI overlaps the commonly used CaMV 35S gene regulatory sequence. The authors of the paper, working for the European Food Safety Authority, concluded that functions of Gene VI were potential sources of […]

Indian scientists found guilty of marketing contaminated GM cotton seeds

Indian scientists found guilty of marketing contaminated GM cotton seeds Dinesh C Sharma | New Delhi, December 14, 2012 | 10:40 A farmer in a cotton farm. In what appears to be a case of serious scientific fraud and subsequent cover up, Indian scientists have been found guilty of commercialising contaminated genetically modified(GM) cotton seeds despite knowing about contamination for several years. The GM cotton variety in question- Bikaneri Nerma Bt or BN Bt- was developed by the Nagpur-based Central Institute for Cotton Research(CICR) of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research(ICAR). It was commercialised in 2009 and was touted as an alternative to GM cotton marketed by Mahyco. Two years […]

GM crops in India at various stages of regulatory field evaluations as of 2012

                                (8 traits; 17 crops; 32 institutions) Traits   Crops, Year(s) of approval and Product developers* (*see the names of the product developers below by looking at the nos. in parenthesis) Insect resistance   Brinjal/Eggplant – 2006, 2007 to 2010 (4,9,14,21,23,28,30); Cabbage – 2006, 2009  (12,14); Castor – 2006, 2011 (19); Cauliflower – 2006, 2008 (12,14) ; Chickpea – 2009 (25); Corn /Maize – 2006, 2010 (10,15); Cotton – 2008 to 2012 (3,5,7,8,11,16); Okra – 2006,2007(9); Rice- 2006, 2007 to 2011 (3,6,9,11,21,28); Sorghum – 2009,2011 (20); Sugarcane – 2010 (27); Tomato – 2006,2010 (9,23) Virus resistance   Groundnut – 2006, […]

Supreme Court appointed Technical Expert Committee Report and GM field trials

Final Press Note GM Crops Supreme Court Tech Committee Report Summary of Supreme Court Tech Committee Standing Committee recommendations on GM Crops As you know, today we had a Roundtable of farmer unions and scientists on GM crops and latest Supreme Court expert committee report at Hyderabad, organized by Rythu Swarajya Vedika. I am attaching the photograph, Telugu press release, the summary of the Tech committee recommendations and summary of Parliamentary Standing Committee report. Main details in English are below. The key participants were: Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao (former Agriculture Minister), Dr. G.V. Ramanjaneyulu (CSA), Prof. Aldaz Janaiah (ANGRAU Agricultural University), Dr.A.Prasad Rao (AP Rytu Sangham CPM), Kirankumar Vissa (Rytu Swarajya Vedika), […]

All field trials to be stopped, unless conditions met: SC Technical Expert Committee submits interim report

“10-year Moratorium on field trials of Bt food crops, Moratorium on field trials of Herbicide Tolerant crops (till independent assessment of impact and suitability) and Ban on field trials of GM crops for which India is Centre of Origin/Diversity” In an Interim Report signed off on 7th October 2012 (D.No.1944/2005/SC/PIL in the Assistant Registrar PIL (WRIT)’s office, dated 17th October 2012), a 5-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India in the Writ Petition (Civil) No. 260 of 2005, with Aruna Rodrigues and others as the petitioners in a PIL pertaining to GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), unanimously presented its view that all field trials should be […]

Pro, anti- groups spar over safety of GM corn

HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 8: K.V. KURMANATH  http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/article3976945.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home A few tiny rats have become the centre of a hot discussion in the global scientific community about the safety of genetically modified corn. It all started when a group of French scientists published a study last month in the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal that suggested that rats fed with GMOs die earlier and suffer from cancer more often than the others. This triggered vociferous protests and opposition from pro-GM groups and scientists. This row, in fact, spilled over to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) here. While the pro-GM camp is distributing a document to disprove the claims of the French study, the team […]

Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions

PRESS RELEASE Oct 6, 2012 Coalition condemns Biotech industry attempts to hijack and dilute the CBD MOP6 discussions  MOP exposes real safety concerns of GM crops; Coalition demands that India should not allow any open-air field trials or release of GM crops.  A comprehensive Biosafety Law be enacted with strict liability and redress provisions.                 The CBD MOP6, has for once, exposed the Global Biotech industry’s  attempts to sabotage the Supplementary Protocol by attempting to discourage and dissuade parties from ratifying it  and  instead  lobbying nations to adopt the industry sponsored voluntary  compensation mechanism under the Compact.  This follows years of attempts by the Global (and Indian) industry led by Monsanto to assert the supposed safety of genetically modified (GM) crops. The Coalition […]

Nagoya Supplementary Protocol on Biosafety

THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROTOCOL AND CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY Shalini Bhutani The supplementary protocol on the biosafety on Liability and Redress on GM Crops

Doctors and farmers find that eliminating GMOs prevents disease

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by: Kim Evans http://www.naturalnews.com/036988_GMOs_disease_prevention_doctors.html#ixzz25NLqmYhL   In recent years, more and more doctors have started warning their patients to avoid genetically modified foods and the results are paying off. Jeffrey Smith now tells us that thousands of doctors are reporting the elimination of disease simply when patients cut genetically modified foods out of their diets. They are finding the elimination of immune disorders, arthritis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, skin problems, general pain, migraines, and restless leg syndrome, among other problems. According to one doctor, the results happen pretty quickly too.   “In terms of allergies,” Dr. Lindner tells us, “it might take two to five days. […]

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