Chapter 35: Cold Spring Harbor Today-Genetically Modified People

Among hundreds of Rockefeller funded institutes and projects in the U.S., England and Germany that have been involved in promoting Eugenics, was the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Eugenics and Human Heredity in Berlin.

The head of that institute, Dr. Otmar Verschuer, was Josef (Bayer employee) Mengele's patron, teacher and co-researcher.

Otmar von Verschuer

Otmar von Verschuer

Another Rockefeller sponsored doctor and researcher, Dr. Franz Kallmann, helped save Verschuer after WWII by testifying favorably about his value to science during the U.S. government denazification hearings. Dr. Kallmann later created the American Society of Human Genetics, which organized the "Human Genome Project." (205) Rockefeller's Cold Spring Harbor is home to the Human Genome Project. (206)

The project has a 3 billion dollar budget. The stated aim of the project is to "map the genetics of humanity" along with "each races special disease susceptibilities." The project interests big business greatly. In what has often been compared to a land grab, companies and universities have filed for patents on hundreds of thousands of genes and gene fragments. (207) Rockefeller University also does genetic research. (208)

Writers have speculated as to the ramifications of the project, predicting a "Brave New Word" or "Star Wars, Attack of the Clones"-esque nightmare future:

Today a college degree is required in order to apply for many jobs. In the near future a genetic degree proving that an applicant fits the genetic profile an employer wants will be a similar requirement. Unlike a college degree, you'll have to be born with the right genetic makeup. Sound far-fetched? Only 68 years ago in Nazi Germany, an entire society based on the concept of genetic status was created. Not having DNA technology, Hitler was forced to use eye and hair color as the main basis to determine who was an Aryan and could therefore hold a socially desirable position. An even greater threat to mankind is that this technology ... will be used actively and aggressively to create new sub-races of human beings specialized to perform certain tasks. Naturally created children will find themselves competing against genetically modified people that are stronger, faster, smarter, less constrained by feelings of empathy and more disease and stress resistant. (209)

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There are also more overtly fascistic, "1984" implications. When asked whether all children should have DNA tests at birth, New York Mayor Giuliani said:

."..I would have no problem with that, or fingerprinting all children...There is absolutely no reason why people should be afraid of being identified...It's not invasive ... It doesn't invade any right of privacy. You don't have a right not to be identified. I don't remember a constitutional amendment that gives you the right not to be identified." (210)
I don't recall anything in the constitution that granted the government the right to steal your DNA, retna-scan you ... or tattoo a number on your arm, for that matter.


(205) Also see: "Nazi Germany," Klaus P. Fischer, 1997 p. 515

(206) "Death in the Air" p. 299

(207) NY Times 6/28/2000 "U.S. Hopes to Stem Rush Toward Patenting of Genes"



(210) N.Y. Times 12/17/98 "Giuliani Backs DNA Testing of Newborns for Identification" 291(5507)1195.htm

Jay Leno calls Rudolph Giuliani "fascist"

The head of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations demanded an apology from Jay Leno for his comment that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was "fascist" to appoint a decency committee on art. "I think it's terrible," said William Fugazy, chairman of the NECO and a Giuliani supporter. "To compare him to a fascist, I think, is a disgrace." Leno called Giuliani a "fascist" for appointing a decency commission to determine which art is offensive. The comedian compared Giuliani's efforts to Adolf Hitler's crusade to remove "degenerate art" from German museums in the early years of the Third Reich. Fugazy said his group planned to mount a letter-writing campaign to NBC.
Giuliani's office issued a denial in German.

There are currently over 786 million hungry people on planet Earth.

And while few would deny that world hunger is one of the most important issues facing mankind today, if the solution is left to companies like Monsanto, Aventis (Hoechst - from IG Farben - combined with Rhone-Poulenc), Dow, and DuPont, we may face even greater challenges to the security of our global ecosystem.

With the second Green Revolution well under way, the world's food supply is slowly being transformed by a radically improvised agricultural paradigm.

Genetically engineered crops have been introduced into the market without the rigorous testing that many scientists feel is required. The history is instructive:

In 1986, U.S. biotech companies began testing the first genetically engineered food products. In 1993, the FDA declared that GM food was "not inherently dangerous," which gave a green light to biotech corporations who had been developing GM seeds. One year later, the first GM food product, Flavr Savr tomato, was released to enthusiastic U.S. consumers.

But in Europe, GM food did not win such easy converts. Groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth protested the new "Frankenfoods," galvanizing public outrage and the eventual policy mandate requiring all modified produce to be clearly labelled. Food Labeling.htm

Despite the highly publicized battle over genetically engineered food, many people are still unaware that many of the products they consume on a daily basis are GM. In Contaminated, Fritjof Capra, Paul Hawken and Vandana Shiva explain the evolution of the new biotech agribusiness and its potential dangers to the sustainability of the global food supply.


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