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FDA approves first GMO Flu Vaccine containing Reprogrammed Insect Virus

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A new vaccine for influenza has hit the market, and it is the first ever to contain genetically-modified (GM) proteins derived from insect cells. According to reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the vaccine, known as Flublok, which contains recombinant DNA technology and an insect virus known as baculovirus that is purported to help facilitate the more rapid production of vaccines.

According to Flublok’s package insert, the vaccine is trivalent, which means it contains GM proteins from three different flu strains. The vaccine’s manufacturer, Protein Sciences Corporation (PSC), explains that Flublok is produced by extracting cells from the fall armyworm, a type of caterpillar, and genetically altering them to produce large amounts of hemagglutinin, a flu virus protein that enables the flu virus itself to enter the body quickly.

So rather than have to produce vaccines the “traditional” way using egg cultures, vaccine manufacturers will now have the ability to rapidly produce large batches of flu virus protein using GMOs, which is sure to increase profits for the vaccine industry.

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New Motorola Vitamin Pills Could Be Edible Stomach-Acid-Powered Passwords

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Taking a daily vitamin could do more than give you an extra kick of vitamin D or C in the morning. Soon, it could also boost your online security, becoming an authentication token you could never lose.

At the D11 conference in California today, Motorola unveiled a “vitamin authentication” tablet powered by the acid in your stomach that turns you into a human authentication token.

Regina Dugan, Motorola’s senior vice president for advanced technology and products and a former director of DARPA, described the little pill as “my first super power,” according to Wired UK.

“Authentication is irritating,” she said. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating basically the same way we did years ago.”

The FDA-approved tablet, made by Proteus Digital Health, contains a small chip that can be switched on an off by your stomach acid, creating an 18-bit ECG-like signal that would let you authenticate your identity just by touching your phone, your computer or your car.

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