For the first time, the USDA has granted preliminary approval for large-scale planting of an engineered food crop that contains human genes.
The rice from California-based “pharming” firm Ventria Bioscience was designed to synthesize a human immune protein. The crop will soon be cultivated on 3,000 acres of land in Kansas, if the USDA finalizes its approval after a public comment period that ends March 30.
To participate in the public comment period, click here and search for Docket No. APHIS- 2007-0006. Click “add comments.”
Science! —MEGHANN MARCO