A new study from St George’s University’s Hotung Molecular Immunology Unit in London has shown that tobacco plants can be genetically modified to produce rabies antibodies. Scientists hope that this research will deliver a safe, inexpensive way of treating rabies in developing countries.
These transgenic (read genetically modifed or GMO) plants were shown to neutralise the rabies virus. Definitely encouraging news … until you recognize that by “curing” one dreadful disease you’d be purposefully innoculating yourself with genetic material that’s now starting to be recognized as harmful to both animals and humans. A new documentary called Genetic Roulette, making its way across the internet with free showings, contains interviews with top scientists, farmers and ranchers who’ve had direct experience with the negative results that GMO or GE food crops can cause.
So why would we want to expose ourselves to this with an experimental “cure”? As good as it may seem, there has to be a better and healthier alternative that, in the long run, won’t do us harm