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Rice with human genes to be grown in US
10 March 2007
Magazine issue 2594

IT SOUNDS unappealing, but rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhoea in the developing world.

On 28 February, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave a provisional go-ahead for three types of the rice to be planted over 1300 hectares in Kansas. Developed by Ventria Bioscience of Sacramento, California, the rice varieties have been given genes that either make the human breast milk proteins lactoferrin and lysozyme or the human blood protein albumin.

Ventria plans to extract the albumin for industrial use in cell cultures, while the milk proteins are destined for rehydration drinks used to treat infants with diarrhoea. Trials on 140 children in Peru show the proteins give children a better chance of overcoming the condition and help them recover more than a day faster, compared ...

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I wonder the cause of diarrhea in the infants ...



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