A biotech company is trying to grow rice with a few human genes:
A tiny biosciences company is developing a promising drug to fight diarrhea, a scourge among babies in the developing world, but it has made an astonishing number of powerful enemies because it grows the experimental drug in rice genetically engineered with a human gene.When I last heard of this, I thought it was an attempt to attract “progressive” support. It didn't work:
Environmental groups, corporate food interests and thousands of farmers across the country have succeeded in chasing Ventria Bioscience's rice farms out of two states. And critics continue to complain that Ventria is recklessly plowing ahead with a mostly untested technology that threatens the safety of conventional crops grown for food.If they succeed, eighteen years from now those rice plants will graduate with honors from California high schools.