Thursday, August 24, 2006

Viruses To Be Used as Food Additive

Believe it. The FDA has approved a cocktail of six bacteria-killing viruses (bacteriophages) to be sprayed on meat, reports the AP (by way of Wired News).

The viruses will be added to prepared meats like cold cuts, hot dogs and sausages, and kill strains of Listeria monocytogenes bacterium, which makes 2,500 people "seriously ill" each year. An FDA spokesperson told the AP that these meats are vulnerable because they're usually not cooked after being purchased.

According to the FDA, adding specific viruses to food is safe. The viruses being used do not attack human or plant cells, just bacteria harmful to people. However, there is the potential that the helpful viruses may "contain toxic residues associated with the bacteria." But testing has assuaged these concerns.

My question for medical science: when can we expect the first bacteriaphages to be approved for fighting illness? In other words, when will we have the unique opportunity in human history to take viruses to make us better?


Guo Guo said...

louis vuitton handbags
oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet online
coach outlet
cheap soccer jerseys
louis vuitton outlet
gucci handbags
michael kors outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
soccer jerseys
burberry outlet
longchamp outlet
lacoste shirts
michael kors outlet online
marc jacobs
pandora jewelry 
ralph lauren outlet
adidas shoes
louis vuitton outlet
tory burch outlet online
kobe 9
timberland boots
cheap mlb jerseys
abercrombie and fitch
coach outlet store
cheap nba jerseys
mcm bags
instyler ionic styler
louis vuitton handbags
insanity workout
nike air max uk

750unique said...

chanel bags
michael kors bags
ray bans
ralph lauren uk sale
coach outlet store online
coach factory outlet
pandora jewelry outlet
snapbacks hats
tory burch outlet online
cheap soccer jerseys
michael kors outlet
abercrombie kids
coach outlet store online
coach factory
tory burch outlet
oakley sunglasses outlet
nike air force pas cher
longchamp pliage pas cher
oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren femme
ed hardy clothing outlet
cheap beats by dre
rolex watches
burberry sale
ray-ban sunglasse
true religion
cheap ray ban sunglasses
nike blazer pas cher
coach outlet store online
michael kors outlet online
air max uk
ralph lauren polo shirts

Pnane Weg said...

Pound360 Archive

About Me

My photo
I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.