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Pet Sick From Premium Kibble?-

Making your pet sick is something that a responsible pet owner wouldn’t want to do. Most pet owners adore their pets and try to feed them the premium pet foods available on the market. According to this Natural News article the ingredients in premium pet food may make you pet sick and be slowly killing them.

Some of the premium pet foods contain ingredients referred to as “4-D”, which stands for dead, dying, disabled and dead. Often these animal parts are nutritious for your pets, but in many cases these parts come from animals raised in factory farms and are tainted with things such as feces, bacteria, and growth hormones. There also might be higher levels of toxins and heavy metals than would be acceptable for human consumption. This article also points out litter from poultry farms being recycled and fed to the animals. This litter may also contain parts of dead rodents.

Moreover many of these premium pet foods that could make your pet sick contain questionable preservatives. One of the more worrisome preservatives is ethoxyquin, a chemical preservative linked to cancer.

Many pet food manufacturers also use fillers, such as wheat and corn, in their pet food recipes. This is especially an issue with dogs and cats which thrive on a raw diet of meat and these wheat and corn fillers are often genetically modified.

If you don’t want to make your pet sick carefully choose the pet foods that you use and scrutinize the ingredients label.

“According to the online pet pharmacy, PetMeds, by-products are ‘the leftover parts of the animal that are not suitable for human consumption’ and can include animal pieces such as necks, feet, bones, intestines and lungs,” explains The Screeching Kettle.

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Synthetic Life Forms In The Lab

Researchers at Scripps Research Institute are dabbling with creating synthetic life. Scientists are betting on the creation of extended genome that can be inherited by successive generations. One of the goals stated by the article is insert the extended genome into bacteria so they can create proteins and possible drugs that would be impossible to create with current biochemistry.

One of Scripps Research Institute achievements in 2009 include regenerative medicine, also known as stem cells. Cells can be removed from a patient and used to create new organs for transplant that will not be rejected by the patient’s body.

Other achievements include work on blindness. In 2007 researchers were able to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels in test animals with neovascular eye disease. Similar tests were carried out on a vascular brain tumor with little or no effect on the normal tissue.

The genome or DNA contains two additional base pairs making it the first synthetic life form of its kind. This new synthetic life form created with the modified genome is unique and cannot be compared to other natural life forms. Floyd Romesburg, team leader of Scripp’s Research Institute scientists, concluded: “It’s a discovery that shakes our understanding of life by the scruff of the neck, challenging the preconception that DNA is somehow inalterable.”

“Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California have created the first synthetic life forms, constructed with the goal of passing on an extended genetic code to succeeding generations.”

via Synthetic Life Forms Created In The Lab | American News.