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Scientists Grow Human Blood Protein In Rice

If you have donated blood to the American Red Cross even once, you already know what high demand there is. Thankfully, blood is somewhat of a renewable resource when we harvest it from healthy people, but getting healthy people to consent to having their blood harvested is the hard part. Solution? Blood-slaves Artificial blood. Granted, artificial blood is not a new idea, in fact, it's been in the works for a while now, but it looks like scientists may have made a breakthrough when it comes to artificially producing a specific protein called human serum albumin, or HSA. HSA, which is used in vaccines and to treat shock, burns, and liver injuries, can now be harvested from rice plants and in concentrations higher than any previous synthetic approach.

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Report: China Manufacturing Plastic Rice, Selling It as Real Food

In what is the most diabolical thing I have read today, a report from Very Vietnam alleges that some Chinese food producers are creating synthetic rice out of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. The "rice" is made by mixing the potato material together, shaping it into grains, and then adding an "industrial resin" as a binding agent. Very Vietnam says that these resins can be very harmful if eaten. Going on to indicate exactly how much plastic is involved, the website says:

A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag.
The obvious motivation behind this scheme is money, since the synthetic "rice" is cheaper to produce. This is just another, albeit somewhat more disquieting, in the long line of tainted or defective products apparently coming out of China. These would include the poisonous drywall, and tainted milk. If true, this a cruel, calculated maneuver worthy of Orson Well's character Harry Lime from The Third Man. It's hard not to think of his famous speech atop the ferris wheel, gesturing at the people below:
Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?
(via Very Vietnam, image via Wikipedia)

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