CRISPR-Cas9 And The Crony Capitalism

Mudasir Sheikh
November 11, 2017 OPINION 972 Views

We are living in a consumption driven and crony capitalistic model of economy. This model has resulted in the rise of a few powerful elites and the exploitation of the rest. The wealth inequality, endless wars, central banking fraud etc. are few among the long list of miseries posed on human race by the elite. Every single piece of scientific and technological progresshas been exploited by corporations and governments for serving their owninterests. It is quite obvious that they will follow the same trend with the future developments in the field of science and technology. CRISPR-Cas9 is a major breakthrough in the field of genetic engineering. It can be used to cure AIDS, Cancer and a large number of other deadly diseases. But there is a difference between the development of a cure and the way it will be implemented in a real world. Currently, a large number of lifesaving drugs are so expensive that a major percentage of our society is not affording them to purchase. The same may happen with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology as private corporations and super-rich individuals have already started to pouring money into it. In addition to a profit, it may fetch them a total control over the life itself, as it is a very precise tool for altering the genetic program of any species.
The CRISPR-Cas9 technology is very simple but a precise tool for genetic engineering. It has got two components, an enzyme by the name of Cas9 and a guide RNA called CRISPR. Cas9 has the ability to create a specific double-stranded cut in a DNA, like a pair of molecular scissors. CRISPR performs the function of guiding the Cas9 to a specific location within the genome, where a cut has to be made. Once the cut is made on the DNA, genes can now be deleted, inserted or changed depending upon the goals of the project. This whole process can be completed within a short span of time and by spending a meager sum of money as contradictory to the past.
The Corporate world is fully prepared to exploit this technology for serving their own interests. Julie Sunderland the former director of a program concerned with the investment of $1.5 billion by Bill and Malinda gates foundation in CRISPR-Cas9 technology stated that our “Gates Universe” is focused around scientific breakthroughs that can be converted into profitable business opportunities. According to him the breakthroughs like CRISPR-Cas9, big data, and data generated by health care system is not being used efficiently for commercial activities. So we are heavily investing in these things for transforming the health care system and the business associated with it. She stated that I have worked for a long time with Boris Nikolic, for realizing the dream of Gates Universe.
Dr. Boris Nikolic, an assistant professor of Harvard Medical school and has worked as an assistant director at “Biomatics” and as a chief advisor for science and technology to Bill Gates at “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” and “Bill Gates catalyst3 (BGC3)”. Boris Nikolic and “Biomatics” capital partners have formed a pool of $200 million for investing in CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Bloomberg reported that “Editas Medicine Inc.” has received huge funding from Bill Gates through “Dr. Boris Nikolic”. Another statement by Cambridge, Massachusetts based biotech company confirmed that “Boris Nikolic” has joined the board members of Editas Medicine Inc. which is the largest research institute as for as CRISPR-Cas9 is concerned. The direct or indirect investment from Bill Gates is meant to convert CRISPR-Cas9 it into a profitable business opportunity and for gaining more control over masses. In a March 2014, interview with “Roll Stone” Bill Gates stated that it is not good, that everyone on this planet should have cheap and easy medical access. From a long time, he has been known to follow the Euugenistic agenda.
The internet giant “Google” is also expanding its investments into CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Google venture (Alphabet Inc.) has invested $180 million in CRISPR-Cas9 technology. In addition to google the large number of other investors like Vikram Global investors, Jennison Associates on behalf of certain clients, EcoR1 Capital, Omega Funds, Alexandria Venture Investments and many others have put a huge amount of money into the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Corporations always have little concerns for the wellbeing of society; they are always driven by a profit motive. In addition to money, there is a terrifying aspect linked with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology. Control over the genome of organisms grants a direct control over the life itself. Anyone who has the ability to manipulate the genome of the organism can manipulate the life itself.
Monsanto a beast with crony capitalistic past has got a license for from Harvard and MIT to use CRISPR-Cas9 technology to produce genetically edited seeds. Monsanto has successfully carved a niche into the GMO 2.0 family. Under the new agreement, it can now label genetically edited seeds as non GMOs which is deceptive for the general population and advantageous for Monsanto. Only two constraints put on the Monsanto have been made public, rest have been kept in a dark secret. The first constraint prohibits Monsanto from creating a “gene drive” and the second one bans it from creating a “terminator” technology which it has developed during the 1990s. Monsanto has no legal binding to follow regulatory approvals and safety testing procedures. Because of this leniency, Monsanto can now save $35 million per modified trait. According to the experts of genetic engineering, there is actually a little difference between genetically modified and genetically edited seeds. Both these things have dangerous and unpredictable consequences in the long run. There is also a huge risk of genetic pollution. Both GMO 1.0 and GMO 2.0 have little to do with the sufferings of hungry people as being falsely portrayed by mainstream media. The recent merger between Bayer and Monsanto has virtually created a monopoly and has set the stage for controlling the world’s food supply.
The license to use CRISPR-Cas9 by Monsanto is really a terrifying aspect for the whole human race as it can repeat its dark past once again. Agent Orange manufactured by Monsanto was used by US military as a tool of warfare during the Vietnam War that has resulted in the death of four hundred thousand Vietnamese and till now five hundred thousand children have been born with the deformity. DDT an insecticide, manufactured by Monsanto from 1944 to 1957 put the whole aquatic life at risk and later its production was banned. In the year 1987 Monsanto started the field testing for its genetically modified crops and now it has become the world’s largest GMO seed dealer. The patented GMO seeds cannot be saved for next season, so farmers have to buy new seeds every year from the company. Those farmers who refuse to take GMO seeds were sued by Monsanto for patent infringements as their crops were founded contaminated with a nearby GMO crop. It is definitely a kind of oppression against the poor farmers. By accessing an efficient tool like CRISPR-Cas9 by shadowy organizations with such a dark past is quite threating for the whole human race. Organization like Monsanto is not only driven by profit motive actually they want a monopoly over the food supply of the world.


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