Written and compiled by Mae-Wan Ho, Angela Ryan, Joe Cummins
Edited by Mae-Wan Ho
Institute of Science in Society
and Department of Biological
Open University, Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, U.K.
Human Genome Map Spells Death of Genetic
Human Embryo Research Not
GM Cotton Fails in
Top Research Centre Admits GM
Terminator Crops are here!
ISIS Exclusive 'Corporate Takeover of Science'
Monsanto's GM Cotton &
TRIPs Abandons the Dying
Human Studies on GM Food Risks
UK to Establish Population DNA Database
Xenotransplantation Must End
Rethinking Cancer, from Cure to Prevention
Continuing Blair Whitewash over Field
Argentina Cools to GM Crops
The Unnecessary Evil of 'Therapeutic'
Killing Fields near You,
Terminator Crops at Large
The New Thought
Police, Suppressing Dissent in Science
The Precautionary Principle and Scientific
Syngenta Takes over Rice Genome
Celera's Genome Data Not Free After All
TRIPs not Taking Account of Poor
Germany Rejects EU Directive
Another Human Gene Pool Sellout
Gene Vampires Strike in Rural China
Pig-Human Patent Contrary to Morality
Oxford Professor Wins Patent Battle
Biopiracy Rampage in South Africa
Japan Enters Race to Patent Life
Novartis Patents Immune 'Turn off'
Green Monkey Not a Glowing Success
Bt is Toxic
Terminator Recombinase Does Scramble Genomes
Xenotransplant Fails All-round
Gene Expression Is Global
The Corporate Takeover of Science
More Organic Benefits Other papers new on ISIS
From the Editor
ISIS News is back and in a double issue 7/8. The science
war continues. Many thanks to all who sent donations or moral support, or both;
and please forgive us for failing to reply to you personally. We promise to do
better from now on, as there has been a major upheaval and re-organisation.
Our story is told in "Corporate Takeover of Science", a
review of George Monbiots book. But please hold on for highlights of
other news, both good and bad.
Top of the bill for the mainstream media must be the
Starlink disaster, the contamination of human food by a GM maize approved only
for animal feed because it contains a toxin suspected to be an allergen;
Starlink and the BSE epidemic have both gone global for the same reason:
corporate control of our entire food chain. But Starlink is by no means the
only problem, as all bt may be toxic to mammals, see "Bt is Toxic".
The good news is that, GM crops are dead, as pronounced
in The New York Times Jan. 25. More significantly, scientists in John
Innes Centre seem to be saying that GM crops are no good, see "Top Research
Centre Admits GM Failure"; although they have strenuously denied that since.
The bad news is that the UK and US Governments are now promoting terminator
crops, and ISIS discovered that these killing crops have been around since the
early 1990s (see "Terminator Crops are Here!"). To find out how terminator
technology works and why it is lethal, read "Killing Fields Terminator
Crops at Large" and "Terminator Recombinase Does Scramble Genomes".
The terms of the GM debate have significantly shifted.
It is time to call a complete halt to all GM releases, and for scientists to go
back to the drawing board, especially in accordance with the precautionary
principle (see "The Precautionary Principle and Scientific Evidence"). There
are signs that even Monsanto is in the process of giving up GM crops to go into
genomics (see "Continuing Blair Whitewash over UK Field Trials").
Genomics involves using genetic engineering as a research tool to study gene
and protein function, tracking useful traits such as yield, salt tolerance and
so on with genetic markers to assist conventional selective breeding.
Of course, no one is under the illusion that the biotech
industry has suddenly relinquished control of our food chain. After all, they
still hold all the patents and are thirsty for more. Corporate giant Syngenta
has completed the rice genome sequence (see "Syngenta Takes over Rice Genome"),
raising alarm that a crop on which many of the worlds poorest depends has
fallen into corporate ownership, rather like the human genome. We are indeed
facing a complete corporate take over of every aspect of our life.
There are also very worrying trends in genomics
research, as spelt out in the last issue of ISIS News. But, genetic determinism
is dead, and it is official, as pronounced by prime sequencer Craig Venter
himself, see "Human Genome Map Spells the Death of Genetic Determinism". It is
time to take stock and rethink healthcare, such as "The Unecessary Evil of
Therapeutic Human Cloning" and why "Xenotransplantation Must End".
What we must also end is our tax money being hi-jacked into mega-projects that
benefit corporations, are not in the public interests and extremely dubious on
ethical grounds - see "Human Studies on GM Food Risks" and "UK Government to
Establish Population DNA Database". In the biopatents section, you will also
read about the biopiracy of Chinese DNA by academic researchers and the sale of
the Tonga DNA database to biotech companies. For a taste of the alternative,
read "Rethinking Cancer, from Cure to Prevention".
Finally, to find out how the scientific establishment is
stifling dissent and open debate, all part and parcel of the corporate take
over of science, read "The New Thought-Police".
With all these burning issues and more, we really need
your comments and suggestions as to what ISIS can do. Please write in to let us
know. We are planning to update our World Scientists Open Letter in order to
reflect the change in the terms of the debate and to relaunch it to call for an
outright ban on all GM crops made with the first generation GM technology. We
might also consider broadening our list of concerns to include human genomics
and health and the corporate take over of science, for example.
ISIS is not anti-science, and not against molecular
genetics. We support sound molecular genetics research, under strictly
contained conditions. At the same time, we believe in diversification of
research funding into other approaches, in particular, all forms of
non-corporate, sustainable agriculture and non-invasive, preventative, holistic
medicine which, along with peoples themselves are being threatened with
extinction by globalisation and the activities of corporations.
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