[P2P-F] Fwd: Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacterial DNA, Mouse Researchers Find

Michel Bauwens michelsub2004 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 14:01:18 CET 2020

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From: Jonathan Latham <jrlatham at bioscienceresource.org>
Date: Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 1:42 PM
Subject: Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and
Bacterial DNA, Mouse Researchers Find
To: <BSR-PROJECT-ELIST1 at gn.apc.org>

Dear Friends and Colleagues

It has come to light that we have had a mailing list malfunction.
The following email messages were never sent to subscribers, so this is a
catch-up email with the missing articles.
None of them have dated in any appreciable way so please feel free to share
them. Indeed we would be very grateful for this.
Following this email your mailings will resume as normal.

My sincere apologies, most especially to the authors.
*In chronological order the articles were:*

1) Published Mon, Sept 23rd, 2019 by* Independent Science News*

*Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacterial DNA,
Mouse Researchers Find*
by Jonathan Latham, PhD
*Synopsis:* Japanese researchers have discovered that standard methods of
animal and plant gene-editing introduce DNA from unexpected sources.
Inadvertently incorporated into the genomes of their edited mouse cells
they found DNA from the *E.coli* genome (a bacterium) and from the cow
genome, along with goat DNA.
The researchers traced this adventitious presence to contaminants of
standard components of the gene-editing process, such as cell culture
The discovery suggests not only that edited organisms may acquire random
foreign DNA, but that present methods of gene-editing can transmit genetic
elements, viruses, and other pathogenic agents
between species. These findings therefore have very important implications
for biosecurity and for the regulation of gene-editing.


2) Published on Mon. Nov 4th by *Independent Science News*:

*Interview With Mackenzie Feldman of Herbicide-Free Campus*
*Synopsis:* Mackenzie Feldman, youthful Executive Director of
Herbicide-Free Campus, has successfully persuaded University of California
campuses to end use of the herbicide glyphosate.
Her campaign is now spreading to other campuses. How did she do it?


3) Published Thur. Nov 7th, 2019 by *Independent Science News*:

*The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa*
By Million Belay and Timothy Wise
*Synopsis:* Policies such as outlawing the saving and sharing of seeds,
strongly promoted by the Gates Foundation, are intended to open Africa to
multinational seed companies
 in the name of modernization. But they undermine climate resilience and
food security for Africa’s small-scale farmers.
*The authors:*
Million Belay is the coordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in
Timothy A. Wise directs the Land and Food Rights Program at the U.S.-based
Small Planet Institute and is a Senior Researcher at Tufts University’s
Global Development and Environment Institute.
Wise is the author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and
the Battle for the Future of Food (The New Press).


4) Published Mon, Jan 20th, 2020. by *Independent Science News*:

*Another Disease Outbreak Threatens U.S. Pigs, But Big Ag Would Rather Talk
About Bacon Prices*
by Martha Rosenberg

*Synopsis:* The latest food animal pandemic is African swine fever (ASF),
caused by the African swine fever virus (ASFV). This disease in 2019 killed
one-fourth of the world’s pigs,
including half of all China’s factory farm pigs. So far, mainstream media’s
coverage of ASF has skirted questions about the pandemic disease potential
of intensive animal agriculture.


5) Published Feb 13th, 2020 by *Independent Science News*:

*Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory*
by Jonathan Latham
*Synopsis:* The German company LPT Hamburg is prominent in the business of
animal testing for the pesticide and pharmaceutical industries. Following
an initial investigation by the German magazine FAKT,
which featured filming by an undercover employee, five former employees of
LPT Hamburg have come forward. The stories told by these employees are of
routine fraud intended to show that harmful compounds were, in fact,
safe. One of the compounds tested by LPT Hamburg was glyphosate.


6) Published Mon Feb 17th, 2020 by *Independent Science News*:

*We Need to Connect the 2019-nCoV Coronavirus to Agriculture*
By Rob Wallace, PhD
*Synopsis: *Did the latest novel coronavirus originate in a wet animal
market? We don’t know that and even if it did not we have a massive problem
of intensive indoor farms creating novel pathogens.
Essentially nothing is being done about this problem, however.

The writer is the author of: Big Farms Make Big Flu

Please share these articles if you find them to be of value:
*All the content of Independent Science News is shareable under a Creative
Commons licence*.

Yours sincerely and apologies again.


Jonathan Latham, PhD
Executive Director
The Bioscience Resource Project,
Ithaca, NY 14850 USA


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