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Scientists have created a new kind of uncompromising GM crop: contraceptive corn.
Prevent pregnancy plants are the fruit of the efforts of biotechnology company in San Diego called Epicyte, where researchers found a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm.
Isolating the genes that regulate the reproduction of these antibodies, and introducing them to the germs of plants, the company has created a vegetable minifabriki producing contraceptives.
"We have a greenhouse planted corn, which produces antisperm antibodies," says company president Mitch Hein.
"Also, we have created a corn, which produces antibodies against the herpes virus so that we can make a jelly-based plants, which not only prevent pregnancy, but also struggling with sexual diseases."
Contraceptive corn was developed on the basis of a rare immune infertility, in which a woman's body produces antibodies that attack sperm.
"Essentially, the antibodies are attracted to surface receptors (sperm). They are hanging on it, and make it so heavy that he can not move. "
Usually the growth of human proteins biologists use bacteria. However, Epicyte decided to use corn, because the plant is a cellular structure that is very similar to a human, so it is easier to manipulate.
The company said that their plants will begin in clinical trials for several months.