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GM 'Super-Banana' Could Prevent Blindness

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 10:34 AM

Genetically modified bananas from Australia could stop thousands of Ugandan children from going blind and dying from Vitamin A deficiencies.

The genetically modified 'super-banana', which has increased levels of vitamin A, has been engineered by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology.

https://uk.news.yaho...35.html#cdd01xB

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:06 PM

That's fantastic news.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:10 PM

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:15 PM

The fruit, grown near Innisfail, about 90km south of Cairns, is now on its way to Iowa State University in the US for further trials at a cost of $10 million, funded by the Gates Foundation.

https://uk.news.yaho...35.html#5ryPGmi


HOW MUCH? They could built decent housing with running water and sanitation with that.
Not forgetting a few condoms.

Edited by freetoroam, 17 June 2014 - 02:16 PM.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:42 PM

Why not just hand out multivitamins tablets?


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:08 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 June 2014 - 02:15 PM, said:

The fruit, grown near Innisfail, about 90km south of Cairns, is now on its way to Iowa State University in the US for further trials at a cost of $10 million, funded by the Gates Foundation.

https://uk.news.yaho...35.html#5ryPGmi


HOW MUCH? They could built decent housing with running water and sanitation with that.
Not forgetting a few condoms.
Or you know, providing a easy growing crop that answers nutritional needs. There's that too.
Not much point in having housing if you can't survive to use said housing.

View PostEldorado, on 17 June 2014 - 02:42 PM, said:

Why not just hand out multivitamins tablets?
Multivitamins can't be planted and grown and reproduce, and can't be manufactured using the technology available to these people.
Making a replenishable resource that can be handled by the people that need has better benefits.
I also recall reading that supplements aren't the best way to get your needed vitamins and minerals.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:50 PM

View PostHappyMonkey, on 17 June 2014 - 04:08 PM, said:

Or you know, providing a easy growing crop that answers nutritional needs. There's that too.
Not much point in having housing if you can't survive to use said housing.
Multivitamins can't be planted and grown and reproduce, and can't be manufactured using the technology available to these people.
Making a replenishable resource that can be handled by the people that need has better benefits.
I also recall reading that supplements aren't the best way to get your needed vitamins and minerals.

They built Las Vegas in the desert, surely after all the money which has been given to Africa they could have found a way to get water to some of those areas. Oil pipes get built, why not water?

When you have this kind of researching,then why can you not have it in areas where there are humans living and in need of help?

It is possible to grow plants on Martian soil, researchers in the Netherlands have found.
In an experiment conducted over a period of 50 days, at least 14 plant species, including food plants, were grown on artificial Martian and lunar soil provided by Nasa, according to Xinhua.
About 4,200 seeds were planted in 840 pots stuffed with an imitation of Mars and Moon regolith, unconsolidated surface sand of the respective planets


http://www.ibtimes.c...rs-find-1432658

Edited by freetoroam, 17 June 2014 - 06:52 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:31 PM

Cool. Next time tell Bill Gates to hire Nasa.
To pipe in water you have to have to pump it from somewhere else.
Martian soil and the Moon's soil are mineral rich. They don't have like here on earth the process which make use of those minerals.  It's much easier to adapt a already existing crop than trying to introduce a new one that will likely require more maintenance in its new environment.  As to your point about the money sent to Africa. Africa is a continent, filled with countries. Some of which we help, some of which we don't, and some of which don't need or don't want our help.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 07:53 PM

View PostHappyMonkey, on 17 June 2014 - 04:08 PM, said:

Or you know, providing a easy growing crop that answers nutritional needs. There's that too.
Not much point in having housing if you can't survive to use said housing.
Multivitamins can't be planted and grown and reproduce, and can't be manufactured using the technology available to these people.
Making a replenishable resource that can be handled by the people that need has better benefits.
I also recall reading that supplements aren't the best way to get your needed vitamins and minerals.

Why should I trust a monkey's opinion when the topic is bananas?

I demand a neutral expert to set me straight!

Edited by Eldorado, 17 June 2014 - 07:54 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:09 PM

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:43 PM

what, a GM thread, and no-one's turned up shouting 'stop playing god' or 'GM food is the work of satan'??
maybe there's hope for humanity yet....
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Posted 18 June 2014 - 07:03 PM

This is all well and good but there is a serious fungal disease problem that is destroying banana crops in several areas of the world, at least some of the more commonly grown table bananas. It would be a shame to get a culture dependent on a crop for nutrition only to have it disappear. Hopefully they can breed some resistance into these crops as well.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 07:20 PM

View Postshrooma, on 18 June 2014 - 06:43 PM, said:

what, a GM thread, and no-one's turned up shouting 'stop playing god' or 'GM food is the work of satan'??
maybe there's hope for humanity yet....
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I'm not a geneticist, but I think the concern voiced by people is that when you make new strains of plants or animals using gene splicing, as opposed to hybridization (breeding) you MAY end up with novel proteins and other substances our bodies were not designed to break down. And it's not just putting genes or bits of genes from one plant into another, we have put the genes of bacteria and animals into plants, something impossible with normal breeding techniques. Any perceived health risks may be a bunch of hooey or it may not; we don't yet know what multiple decades of consumption of these products may do; they are relatively new parts of the human diet. It could be completely harmless, it could lead to cancer, it could merely lead to indigestion as the body copes with something new or in the case of these bananas it can provide an essential nutrient. I think only time will tell. I do know that at some cancer centers they recommend as much organic, non-GMO food for their patient's diets as possible. I assume they have good reasons for this.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 07:48 PM

View Postshrooma, on 18 June 2014 - 06:43 PM, said:

what, a GM thread, and no-one's turned up shouting 'stop playing god' or 'GM food is the work of satan'??
maybe there's hope for humanity yet....
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That is what I am waiting for also. :tu:

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 10:05 PM

View PostEldorado, on 17 June 2014 - 02:42 PM, said:

Why not just hand out multivitamins tablets?

Because it would be seen as a conspiracy to sterilise Africa through secret ingredient sterilisation tablets rather than improving health...

View Postshrooma, on 18 June 2014 - 06:43 PM, said:

what, a GM thread, and no-one's turned up shouting 'stop playing god' or 'GM food is the work of satan'??
maybe there's hope for humanity yet....
:-)
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Its late, and we have to digest the sterilisation conspiracy first.

Anyway, I though Banana's had been sentenced to death due to reliance on a certain strain/breed and they were on there way out. Its a roller-coaster ride being a banana...

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