April 24th, 2014
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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: NANOBOTS AND COCKROACHES

Last week in a blog I said that humanity probably owes a debt of gratitude to the lowly laboratory mouse and rat for services rendered, and soon another pest may be added to the list, the lowly(and resilient) cockroach.  In this case, our friends at phys.org have reported on a team of scientists in Israel that have injected a cockroach with a deliberately engineered bit of DNA to demonstrate that a simple machine could be constructed, programmed to perform certain tasks, injected into an organism(in this case, the cockroach), and observed to perform its function:

Researchers use DNA strands to create nanobot computer inside living animal

There’s two things going on here (or rather, one set of things going on, with the implications that another set of things might be in the background, being studied covertly):

“DNA strands can be programmed because of their natural tendency to react to different proteins. In this new effort, the team unwound DNA strands and then tied them together in an origami type box structure. The box was then “filled” with a single chemical molecule. Next, other such objects were created for the purpose of interacting with both the box structure and certain proteins found inside of the cockroach. The whole point was to create multiple scenarios in which the box would open automatically upon colliding with certain proteins. Adding multiple nanostructures allows for increasing the number of possibilities. For example, if the box structure will only open if it encounters three kinds of proteins, one made naturally by the cockroach, and two others carried by two different DNA origami structures. By mixing the combinations, it’s possible to cause the box to open using logic operations such as AND, OR, NOT (where the box will not open if a certain protein is present) etc., and that of course means that computational operations can be carried out—all inside of a living organism.”

Now, at one level, one can imagine (as was seen from an earlier blog this week) the creation of “synthetic” biological structures, including nanobots, that do not occur in nature, to perform certain tasks. In itself, this is a merger of all four GRIN technologies, and in the context of GMOs, one can gain an appreciation of what might be accomplished with GMOs with nanobots as the means and mechanism of anti-pest engineering. In fact, given that it is now being suggested in some literature that “some unknown mechanism” can transmit genetic modifications of a GMO across ingesting species (see DNA Transference from GMOs to Humans?), one can envision a GMO crop with specific covert modifications to target a certain population eating them in a certain set of specific fashions by such nanobots, a possibility that would seem to raise the stakes on the possibility of a “GMO test ban treaty” even higher.

In the background, I suspect that this was a covert agenda behind GMOs from the beginning, and that it probably remains such. There is, however, perhaps another, and here, again, permit me to indulge in some high octane speculation: such tiny information-processing DNA nanobots might also prove to be the perfect vehicle by which to gingerly probe the functions and capabilities of so-called “junk DNA” in order to determine what, precisely, it is doing there, and why there appears to be so much of it in human DNA, including whether that “junk DNA” may be there, containing information, a vast storehouse of it, waiting to be decrypted. SETI might have to expand its toolbox, from radio telescopes( a kind of silly approach, in my opinion), to include biological “information probes.”

See you on the flip side.

GMOs, THE GMO TEST BAN TREATY, AND A DISTURBING MERGER…

Yesterday I  blogged about how there has been a gradual quiet “pushback” from the BRICSA nations on the GMO issue, and how this might issue ultimately in calls for a GMO test ban treaty setting much stricter standards of inter-generational testing for such products than has been the case thus far. As most of you[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: CHINA, PESTS, AND HIGH-NON-PROLIFERATION-OCTANE SPECULATION

Russia Today(RT) is reporting on a couple of stories and I thought you should known about them. First, US corn(maize) exports to China have fallen some 85%, due to that nation’s government not having yet approved one GMO additive: US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report[More...]

SUPPRESSING THE UNCOMFORTABLE: MON(STER)SANTO AT IT AGAIN

When Ms. K.M., a regular reader here, sent me the following article, I read the headlines and article in disbelief, and it is so important I simply must include it in this week’s final cut, there is more evidence out, not only about GMOs and “inexplicable mechanisms” of genetic contamination, but of actual suppression of[More...]

GMOs: THE CONTRAST BETWEEN CONGRESS AND THE DUMA

Many of you sent me these two stories, and some of you even did so in the same email, indicating that the readership here is probably seeing the same geopolitical stew brewing that I’ve been predicting for some time. In review them here in order to renew a prediction I’ve been making, and make a[More...]

NEW STUDY: THE COLLAPSE OF GENETIC DIVERSITY AND THE RISK OF GMOS

I’ve been blogging occasionally about the risks of GMOs to human health and the wider ecosphere, and most recently, I pointed out the fact that some farmers are rejecting GMOs and returning to natural seeds, as productivity over a short time of GMO crops fell in their fields, and hence, their profits with it. Initially,[More...]

CHINA SLAMS US HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Chinese government is calling into question the USA’s human rights record. Check out this article from Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden”: China Strikes Back at US Human Rights Violations The article, as you’ll note, specifically references the NSA spying-Ed Snowden affair as the primary violation of human rights that the[More...]

FRANCE BANS GMO MAIZE WITH MORE TO COME(PERHAPS)

While this article is a bit dated by the time this blog has been scheduled, it is nonetheless significant and worth bringing to your attention. A few days ago I composed a blog about Russia’s state Duma considering a complete ban on GMO products. The article, you’ll recall, was based on a story published by[More...]

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: FDA SEEKS APPROVAL OF THREE-PARENTED BABIES

There is another significant story out there that is developing as we speak, folks, and once again, it concerns transhumanism, and in this case, the very essence of what it is to be human, both biologically, and as we shall see in a moment, in law. This story I found while surfing, and it must[More...]

MORE FOR THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: “NOT ONE CASE OF HARM FROM GMOs”

One of the more outspoken and courageous challengers and researchers to the myth of the safety of GMOs has been Mr. Jon Rappaport, whose “No More Fake News” column often runs articles on the issue. I ran across this article (and actually, several readers here did too, who also sent it to me…so my thanks[More...]