Friday, March 9, 2012 8:41
In Oklahoma Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced new legislature to prohibit fetus cells from being used in Pepsi, cosmetics and vaccines. Many Pro-Lifers are now boycotting Pepsi because of this. Pepsi is not the real enemy, but the enemy is a company called Senomyx. The block quote below has a little science lesson on Senomyx and the fetus cells in Pepsi, Nestle and Coca-Cola.
The fetus-derived cell line we’re talking about was also created around the time I was born. This is 35-year-old technology. And it is widely used in cell biology. And there is no way you’ll consume them or that the cells would cause any health problems.
The cells, called HEK 293 cells (that stands for human embryonic kidney) were taken from an aborted fetus in the 1970s in the Netherlands. Bits of chopped up DNA from the adenovirus, a virus that causes a pretty severe cold. The kidney cells were forced to take up bits of DNA using a technique invented in 1973 that used a calcium solution. The resulting cells don’t act much like human cells at all, but they are very easy to work with and have become workhorses of cellular biology. That’s why they’re used in the development of drugs and vaccines. (Here’s the original paper on the creation of the HEK cells. ) No new fetal tissue has been used to keep the cell culture going; the use of this cell line isn’t leading to new abortions.
A tiny company called Senomyx, whose stock is trading near its 52-week low, has been working to use this new technology to create food additives. Senomyx has isolated receptors found on cells that detect taste, and added them to the HEK cells. This allows them to test thousands of potential taste additives to see whether they might taste sweet or savory with a speed that would be impossible with human taste testers. (You can find a scientific paper on the Senomyx sweetener work here. ) Synomyx has announced collaborations with Pepsi, Nestle, and Coca-Cola. The stock market values the company at $140 million, which is not much by the standards of biotech. (You can read more on this from Forbes here).
Don’t just boycott Pepsi, but also contact them. When you contact a company, it can make a big difference. For example, Campbell Soup used to be associated with Senomyx, but after being contact Children of God for Life they cut ties with Senomyx. (You can read more at Natural News here).
Products like Pepsi, Nestle and Coca-Cola are easy to skip for issues like this. What presents more of an ethical issue is that vaccines for things like Chickenpox, Cystic Fibrosis and Shingles have are made out of aborted fetal cell line products and have no ethical alternatives. Fortunately vaccines for Smallpox, Polio and other diseases have multiple versions, some are made out of aborted fetal cell line products, but there are also ethical versions out there. Be educated and know what vaccines are ethical and which aren’t so that when possible you can ask for a vaccine that does not have aborted fetal cell line products. Here is a chart from Children of God For Life with more information.
Here is a list of drug companies from Life Site News that you can contact which use aborted fetal cell lines products.
9700 Great Seneca Highway
Rockville, MD 20850
10 Nugent Rd
Surrey Research Park
3053 Fillmore Street # 140
San Francisco CA 94123
One Merck Drive
P.O. Box 100
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-0100 USA
4767 Nexus Centre Drive
San Diego, California 92121
Phone: (858) 646-8300
Rebecca Taylor, a clinical laboratory specialist in molecular biology has written an excellent article on this topic for the National Catholic Register which I commend to you. It is entitled, “Morally Tainted: Products Made Possible By The Killing of Innocent Human Life”