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Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey introduced a bill that would ban “the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses.”


PepsiCo for working with a company called Senomyx that “has been accused of using proteins derived from human embryonic kidney cells in its research.” Address San Diego, CA 92121-3051
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HEK 293 cells But some food companies are using cell lines that were originally derived from human fetuses in order to develop new food products. … The cells, called HEK 293 cells (that stands for human embryonic kidney) were taken from an aborted fetus in the 1970s in the Netherlands. Human cloned DNA in your foods people no joke

The cells, called HEK 293 cells (that stands for human embryonic kidney) were taken from an aborted fetus in the 1970s in the Netherlands.

The Original Unnamed aborted babies cell culture cell line isn’t leading to new abortions but it sure is human DNA.

(Here’s: the original paper on the creation of the 293 Human HEK cells. ) 

Origins of the HEK293 Cell Line
HEK293 is a cell line derived from human embryonic kidney cells grown in tissue culture. They are also known, more informally, as HEK cells. This particular line was initiated by the transformation and culturing of normal HEK cells with sheared adenovirus 5 DNA. The transformation resulted in the incorporation of approximately 4.5 kilobases from the viral genome into human chromosome 19 of the HEK cells. The line was cultured by scientist Alex Van der Eb in the early 1970s at his lab at the University of Leiden, Holland. The transformation was executed by Frank Graham, another scientist Van der Eb’s lab who invented the calcium phosphate method for transfecting cells. The source of the cells was a healthy aborted fetus of unknown parenthood. The name HEK293 is thusly named because it was Frank Graham’s 293rd experiment.

The type of kidney cell that the HEK293 cell line came arose from is unknown and it is difficult to conclusively characterize the cells post-transformation since adenovirus 5 could have significantly disrupted cell morphology and expression. Also, embryonic kidneys are a heterogeneous mix of almost all the types of cells present in the body. In fact, it has been speculated by independent researchers, including Van der Eb himself, that the cells may be neuronal in origin. Although theoretically possible, most cells derived from an embryonic kidney would be endothelial, epithelial or fibroblast cells. Neuronal origin is suspected due to the presence of mRNA and gene products typically found in neurons.

Today, HEK293 cells are frequently used in cell biology and biotechnology, second only to HeLa, the first human cell line. Around establishment of HeLa in 1951, scientists were reluctant to accept and use human cell lines out of concern for an oncogenic agent in them. This concern, along with the known ability of animal cell lines to grow rapidly and yield a high amount of proteins, gave scientists reason to favor animal cell lines over human cell lines when producing recombinant proteins. However, advances in technology since then have allowed for an increase in human cell line use. One advantage of human cell lines is that they are able to produce proteins most similar to those that humans naturally synthesize. Now there are approved recombinant biotherapeutic products produced from HEK293 and other human cell lines.

HEK293 and its derivatives are used in a wide range of experiments, including signal transduction and protein interaction studies, rapid small-scale protein production, and biopharmaceutical production. HEK293 cells easily grow in suspension serum-free culture, reproduce rapidly, and produce high levels of protein, which explains why they have been widely used to produce research-grade proteins for a number of years.

Andy-Kaufman-esque stunt articles on Gawker

(See a list of products Children of God For Life say are unethical.)

Biotech’s Fear Factor – Forbes

“We’re helping companies clean up their labels,” said Senomyx’s chief executive, Kent Snyder.

Senomyx, based in San Diego, uses many of the same research techniques that biotechnology companies apply in devising new drugs. Executives say that a taste receptor or family of receptors on the tongue or in the mouth are responsible for recognizing a taste. Using the human genome sequence, the company says, it has identified hundreds of those taste receptors. Its chemical compounds activate the receptors in a way that accentuates the taste of sugar or salt. It is still experimenting to determine the most potent compounds, its chief scientist, Mark Zoller, said.

But Senomyx maintains that its new products are safe because they will be used in tiny quantities.

Kraft, Nestlé, Coca-Cola and Campbell Soup have contracted with Senomyx for exclusive rights to use the ingredients in certain types of food and beverages, although the companies declined to identify those categories.

Elise Wang, an analyst at Smith Barney, said that Kraft was planning to use Senomyx’s sweet flavoring to reduce the sugar in powdered beverages like Kool-Aid by one-third. Campbell Soup, she said, is looking at cutting sodium levels by a third with the salt flavoring.

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