Would you eat these GM eggs under a doctor's recommendation

RNG

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Some on this board are unsure about the safety of GM foods. Some are convinced they are bad.

This report from the BBC says that through GM, chickens are laying eggs that contain drugs that can treat arthritis and cancer. And that this means of producing them is way cheaper than through industrial chemical methods.

My guess is that they would be purer also. Plus, I like eggs.

The chickens that lay anti-cancer drugs
 

RNG

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What drugs?
From the article:

The team has focused on two proteins that are essential to the immune system: one is IFNalpha2a, which has powerful antiviral and anti-cancer effects, and the other is macrophage-CSF, which is being developed as a therapy that stimulates damaged tissues to repair themselves.
 

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From the article:

The team has focused on two proteins that are essential to the immune system: one is IFNalpha2a, which has powerful antiviral and anti-cancer effects, and the other is macrophage-CSF, which is being developed as a therapy that stimulates damaged tissues to repair themselves.
Side effects, precautions: Drugs & Medications

Basically, this drug is an interferon mimicker.

This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

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Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially mental/mood changes (such as severe depression, thoughts/attempts of suicide). Interferon and ribavirin may also slow down a child's rate of growth. Normal weight gain and rate of growth usually return after treatment is completed but the final adult height may be lower than expected. Monitor your child's height and weight periodically during treatment.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially dizziness, mental/mood changes, and effects on the heart.

Interferon alfa is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control.

Interferon alfa, when used in combination with ribavirin, must not be used during pregnancy by either the pregnant woman or her male partner. The combination may cause harm to an unborn baby. Two reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) must be used whenever at least one sexual partner is using these medicines together, and for at least 6 months after stopping treatment. If you or your partner become pregnant, or if you think you or your partner may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
 
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imaginethat

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Macrophage-CSF

Locally produced M-CSF in the vessel wall contributes to the development and progression of atherosclerosis.[12]

M-CSF has been described to play a role in renal pathology including acute kidney injury and chronic renal failure.[13][14] The chronic activation of monocytes can lead to multiple metabolic, hematologic and immunologic abnormalities in patients with chronic renal failure.[13] In the context of acute kidney injury, M-CSF has been implicated in promoting repair following injury,[15] but also been described in an opposing role, driving proliferation of a pro-inflammatory macrophage phenotype.[16]
--- Macrophage colony-stimulating factor - Wikipedia
 
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That would be a no for me. I spent too many hours per week parsing out bad food.
 

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Yeah, and cancer may kill you.
Of greater significance, do you believe that these same drugs, produced at far, far greater cost in a pharmaceutical factory would be any less harmful?

Virtually all medications are harmful to a degree. The objective is for the good they do to overcome their negatives.
 

RNG

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And I just learned this. Virtually all insulin now is produced by GM bacteria.