Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Genetically Engineered Bees Programmed to Automatically Give Honey to Nearest Human
Birmingham, Alabama – April 16 – Researchers from the North American Bee Harvesting Institute have created genetically engineered bees, inserted with genetic material that is arranged to redistribute the insects’ behavioral abilities so that they give honey directly to humans. The groundbreaking work was achieved in the company’s Tuscaloosa laboratory earlier this year, sources say.
Using its proprietary Nano-Amino Acid Infusion Process, the company believes it has succeeded in both cloning bees and essentially programming the clones to automatically deliver pollen to human subjects once they have retrieved it from viable flowers. “There is still work to be done, “said Norton Brayfield, chief science coordinator for the project.
“Currently, insect subjects will approach any nearby human and drop the pollen. This is not what we want. It would be more satisfactory for the bee to actually find a target, such as at a honey making facility, and place the pollen where it could be processed. This may require further modification of the genetic technique, Ach-choo! - or perhaps a kind of behavioral training,” Brayfield explained.
Meanwhile, other local sources are suggesting that there has been a substantial increase in allergy reports in the Birmingham area this season. Under oath of embellishment, another company representative said that the bees are not capable of carrying enough pollen to cause an increase in allergies.
The next day, he called in sick.