15 May 2006

Buzzword Alert: Biopharming

Biopharming. I like that. You get bio like in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and pharming, a clever little play on pharmacology plus farming. Nice.

Found in this scary/astounding/really interesting story on rice that is bioengineered to reduce the risk of diarrhea by adding a protein found in mother's milk and in tears:

LiveScience.com - Rice with Human Gene Causes Furor

Of course I can immediately see both the reason for developing the rice and the reason for opposing it. Don't ask me where I stand on the issue because I waffle. Biotech is something that I find fascinating but you won't likely catch me buying gm foods on purpose.

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