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<a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0604biopharming0604.html" target="_blank">http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...rming0604.html</a><br><br>
Ventria's rice produces two human proteins found in mother's milk, saliva and tears, which help people hydrate and lessen the severity of diarrhea, a top killer of children in developing countries.<br><br>
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Ventria hopes to add its protein powder to existing infant products.<br><br>
The company also has plans to add its product to infant formula, a $10 billion-a-year market, although food manufacturers have shown little interest. Deeter says Ventria can win over producers and consumers by showing that the products are beneficial.<br><br>
"For children who are weaning, for instance, these two proteins have enormous potential to help their development," Deeter said. "Breast-fed babies are healthier, and these two proteins are a big reason why."<br><br>
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Sure, far better to screw around mixing food with human genetic material, spend millions, bypass ethical concerns, risk contaminating neighbouring crops, all to treat conditions which can be better prevented by breastfeeding -- rather than just have mothers <b>give their babies some boob!!</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/rant.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rant">:
 

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That's disgusting. Can't I, as a human who makes those proteins, claim that they stole *my* intellectual property by reproducing them? I know I can't, but it sounds better to me than having companies get those rights.
 

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Wouldn't it be cheaper and more effective to simply encourage moms to wean at a later age?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sure, far better to screw around mixing food with human genetic material, spend millions, bypass ethical concerns, risk contaminating neighbouring crops, all to treat conditions which can be better prevented by breastfeeding -- rather than just have mothers <b>give their babies some boob!!</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/rant.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rant">:</div>
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But what if they can't?<br><br>
Surely the benefit to those babies who can't get breastmilk outweighs all other concerns?
 
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