Because it is the defining Innovation

Dec 16 - 22, 2002

IF you want to impress some one try using these Buzzwords. Start with DNA, then go to Genome, don't miss Genetics, also you are safe with Biotech. If the guy at the other end is knowledgeable try hap map. I am sure S (H) E wouldn't know. Say you are reading number one worst seller " The Prince of Nucleotides" By Saddam etal and that you've just finished " A periodic Table of the Human species" By George Bush & Tony Blare.

According to latest research by a group called ALAmerican Visa, if you are having problem in getting US visa , write in visa form: Purpose of visit: To Eat Genetic Modified (GM) Food in Iowa. Visa will be stamped immediately and probably you may also get a free ticket. However if you are traveling through Zambia route don't even utter GM, as lot of tribes have gone to war eating these foods.

In Pakistan Shariffs brothers were keenly interested in GM food but somehow it couldn't work out. Probably Nawaz went for Genetically Modified Nehari got high and tried to fire Army CinC.( We all know what happened after---)

The local pharmaceutical manufacturers are perturbed because of absence of license to manufacture GM viagra (sex boosters) because according to them the concerned in charge in drug controlling set up is unmarried old lady not yet experienced. However they are doing well by selling GM Bhang to our friends in Africa and looking for market in China.

Bio technology is the defining innovation in the latest technology arena. Pakistan needs to acquire the most from this deciding dimension. The pharmaceutical companies can reap the maximum advantage. Using biotechnology to diagnosis diseases, to develop vaccines and to improve the environment. Some of the success stories listed below are:

BANGLADESH ARSENIC CONTAMINATED WATER WAS TREATED GENETICALLY: A genetically engineered plant that sucks arsenic out of contaminated soil is, the first major hope for millions in India and Bangladesh, where arsenic from the soil or drinking water has poisoned millions of people and may lead to whole forests of big, arsenic-sucking trees for even faster pollution cleanups in wide areas of Asia.

Arsenic, a natural element, became a widespread problem after the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s when the flooded fields used for intensive rice farming brought arsenic to the surface and concentrated it there.

The World Health Organization estimates that 112 million people in this region have levels of arsenic in their bodies that can cause disease.

Hundreds of thousands in each of India and Bangladesh have cancer attributed to arsenic, making the crisis worse than the toxic fumes from Bhopal.

Today it is still dangerous to drink from wells in some regions of West Bengal and Bangladesh.

The University of Georgia team has engineered a new version of a little-known plant called arabidopsis to remove the arsenic.

The plant sucks up contaminated water from the soil and binds the element to its own cells.

This leaves contaminated plants which must then be treated as toxic waste, as arsenic can't be destroyed. But this is much easier than trying to dispose of the poisoned soil itself.

Arabidopsis, a relative of mustard, was the first plant whose full set of genes, or genome, was decoded..

REMOVING PHENOL FROM WATER THROUGH BACTERIAL TREATMENT AT PAKISTAN STEEL: Phenol contaminated water from coke oven plant at Pakistan Steel is treated with special type of Bacteria supplied by Russians which eat Phenol and removes phenol from water which is safely used for agricultural purpose.

TOMATO VACCINE ONE OF THE BEST INVENTIONS: Arizona State University biologist Charles Arntzen was recognized by Time magazine for developing a tomato with a vaccine against E. coli, which can cause diarrhea and death. The tomato was named one of the best inventions of 2002.

GENE-ALTERED COTTON BRINGS HOPE TO INDIAN FARMERS: Farmers are praising the Indian government; approval of Bt cotton, which boosts farmers; income and is expected to increase cotton production by as much 25 percent in the next three to four years.

CATHOLIC CHURCH OKS BIOTECHNOLOGY: Church leaders expressed their continuing support for biotechnology during a university forum in Rome, saying, that animal and plant biotechnology "can be justified with the motive that they are for the good of man."

SPANISH FARMERS REAPING REWARDS FROM GM MAIZE: Planting more Bt corn could earn Spanish farmers an additional $14.62 million a year by increasing yields .

ASIANS FAVOURS GM CROPS: Consumers in China, Thailand and the Philippines have a positive attitude toward foods derived through biotechnology and would like to know more about the how the technology can improve food such as rice, fruit, vegetables, soybeans and corn, according to an Asian Food Information Center (AFIC) survey

WHAT'S AN ENVIRONMENTALIST TO DO? A new biotech rice designed to boost yields also has the added benefit of reducing methane emissions - a greenhouse gas some believe is responsible for about "20 percent of global warming" - creating another conundrum for environmentalists.

DESERT CABBAGES: A gene identified in a relative of the cabbage family could help other plants such as melons, tomatoes and cucumbers thrive in adverse conditions - whether the soil is laced with heavy metals or salt water, or there is a drought. A new type of genetically enhanced corn not yet approved for commercial use in the United States could significantly reduce the use of chemical insecticides, according to a new study.

TOXICOLOGY SOCIETY BACKS GMO USE: A group of scientists from 44 countries representing academic institutions, governments and industry say there is no reason to believe biotech foods aren't as safe as foods produced from traditional crops.


The man discovering what the genome means to you is Eric lander, a math prodigy who got bored teaching economics at the Harvard Business School.

A gynaecologist had a burning desire to change careers and become a mechanic. So he found out from his local tech college what was involved, signed up for evening classes and attended diligently. Time for the practical exam came around he prepared carefully and completed the exam. When the results came back, he was surprised to find he had obtained mark of 150%.

Fearing an error he called the instructor saying I don't want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wondered if there had been an error which needed adjusting.

The instructor said, during the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark. I gave you an extra 50% because you did all of it THROUGH the exhaust pipe!