@HenryIMiller: “Dogs bark, cows moo, & regulators regulate.” FDA regulates genetic alteration of food animals. Note the extinct aurochs, much interbred over millennia to become cows.

Dec 15, 2018, 06:35 AM

Photo: Aurochs in a cave painting in Lascaux, France. The aurochs (pl. aurochs, or rarely aurochsen), also known as urus or ure (Bos primigenius), is an extinct species of large wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It's the ancestor of domestic cattle; it has also been suggested as an ancestor genetically to the modern European bison, which have been crossbred with steppe bison.The species survived in Europe until 1627, when the last recorded aurochs died in the Jaktorów Forest, Poland.

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  Dr Henry Miller, Hoover, in re: Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA, is dealing with overly complex and burdensome regulations. The FDA regulates not only foods, and drugs development, but also the effect of genetic alteration on the health of the animal. Even Scott Gottlieb may not yet know exactly what the FDA’s regulations in this are – genetic engineering: gene splicing (i.e., recombinant DNA) and gene editing techniques. One purpose of these is to give food animals more desirable characteristics; or for environmental purposes (such as less toxic pig or chicken excrement), or to create a faster-growing Atlantic salmon. Can also be used, as it has been for thousands, of lab animal to create models for various diseases. The FDA announced regulations a decade ago, yet does not regulate the vast majority of these animals, those for lab purposes. The animals most at issue, e.g., cow or buffalo, are the product of genetic engineering, descended as they are from the extinct aurochs. Why does the FDA arrogate these powers? To expand their empire. “Dogs bark, cows moo, and regulators regulate.” . . .