Viridian Note 00275: Bananthrax

Bruce Sterling []

Key concepts: Biotechnology, venture capital, bananas,
anthrax, Shanghai Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, Peter Carre

Attention Conservation Notice: It's about the tiresomely modish subject of anthrax, but too weird not to send to the list.

Link: Interior decor tips for the evil genius!

(((It's my bet that these APEC characters brought in this Aussie venture capital guy because he promised to "think outside the box" and do some "real paradigm-busting." Where'd they dig him up, though? I don't know. If you're really interested, maybe you should call him and report back to us.)))

Peter Carre Venture Capitalist, Managing Director of Peter Carre and Associates Pty Ltd, Corporate Advisory and Strategic Consulting in ECommerce and Biotech based business opportunities and investments. 02 9904 3375(h) 02 9375 2138(wk)

"CHINA: October 22, 2001

     "SHANGHAI == Genetically modified fruit and other food could be used in future to deliver medicine, including a vaccine against anthrax, an Australian bio- technology fund manager said on the weekend.

     "'The distinction between food and drugs will gradually disappear,' said Peter Carre, chairman of Xcelerator Life Sciences Funds Group. (((Yahoo!)))

     "'Medicine will be in milk, it'll be in stuff we ingest every day. Food will be the most widely used form to distribute medicine,' Carre said at a business conference on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

     "Carre said bananas were already being genetically modified in research laboratories for all types of medicinal purposes, including immunisation against four strains of anthrax.

     "'Why bananas? They grow quickly, people like them and they took early. You could have done it in a tomato if you wanted,' Carre told reporters after a speech to the conference. (((Also, they provide more comic relief even than cucumbers.)))

     "Carre said Cornell University in upstate New York was leading development work on genetically modifying food to deliver medicines to people." (...)