Monsanto Acquires ‘Gene Silencing’ Pharmaceutical Technology

The Monsanto company has forged a new partnership with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company whose primary focus seems to be on figuring out how to best crack the genetic code so as to manipulate the way genes inherently express themselves. And based on the agreement the two companies have made publicly with one another, it appears as though Monsanto is planning to utilize Alnylam’s proprietary gene-silencing technologies in its emerging agricultural pursuits, which will likely spawn a whole new category of problems for humanity and the planet at large.

In a recent press release, Monsanto disclosed that it has officially obtained “worldwide, exclusive rights” to use Alnylam’s platform technology and intellectual property (IP) in its own agricultural products, and particularly in its new “BioDirect” line of products designed to treat seeds and crops with what the company has dubbed “biopesticides.” Monsanto apparently sees something exceptionally valuable in Alnylam’s technologies that it does not currently possess, and is now seeking to leverage it for the purpose of expanding its own market share. But what is it?

Monsanto may want to turn food crops into gene-altering ‘drugs’

In a nutshell, Alnylam specializes in a technology known as RNA interference (RNAi) that involves deliberately silencing the expression of genes throughout the body for the purpose of preventing the production of proteins that some scientists believe are responsible for causing disease. By artificially blocking production of these proteins, RNAi technology is believed to have the potential to effectively block the development of disease, which is why many major drug companies have also signed on as strategic partners with Alnylam.

But Monsanto is an agricultural company, not a pharmaceutical company, which begs the obvious question as to why this multinational company has suddenly decided to shell out nearly $30 million with promises of perpetual royalty payments to gain access to this emerging technology. As it turns out, Monsanto has plans to roll out all sorts of new genetically-modified (GM) crops, crop pesticides and herbicides, and various other technologies with built-in RNAi modifications, which could turn future GM food crops into “drugs.”

Many modern varieties of wheat, for instance, are problematic for people with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease because they produce unnaturally high levels of a wheat protein known as gluten. By integrating genetic changes using RNAi; however, companies like Monsanto could theoretically produce a GM wheat variety that does not contain any gluten at all, which they could then market as the solution to gluten insensitivity.

Modifying food crops with RNAi is unsafe, unpredictable

But such experimental gene-tampering is already taking place elsewhere, and it is proving to be a complete failure. In Australia, for instance, field trials of a novel variety of GM wheat with RNAi alterations have been disastrous, as the modified gene expressions in the wheat are also modifying human genes in the liver. Researchers are now warning that human children who eat this GM wheat could actually die before reaching the age of five.

A paper compiled by Greenpeace about the same strains of RNAi-modified wheat explain that RNAi modifications in general “are prone to unexpected and unpredictable effects that have not been considered in the risk assessments done by the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.” The paper goes on to explain that releasing RNAi-modified crops “poses severe, and potentially irreversible, risks to the environment and human and animal health.”

You can read the full Greenpeace paper here.

Many foods contain natural gene regulators, and modifying them could change the entire human genome

Researchers from Nanjing University in China recently conducted an unrelated study that found gene-altering properties in regular, non-GMO rice. It turns out that certain plant-based foods, or perhaps all of them, contain unique properties that naturally turn genes on or off throughout the body when ingested, depending on these foods’ various nutritive functions.

Synthetically altering these functions in the form of RNAi-modified GM crops, in other words, could result in disastrous consequences as the entire human genome is thrown off balance. As Ari Levaux from The Atlantic puts it, the discovery of food’s natural gene-altering capacities illustrates how GM foods, and particularly those that have been RNAi-modified, “could influence human health in previously unanticipated ways.”

In other words, Monsanto’s latest endeavors involve tampering with plants at their most elemental level, which will in turn tamper with humans at their most elemental level as well. Sure, Monsanto has been inserting, removing, and splicing the genes of plants for decades; but RNAi modifications involve essentially reprogramming the way plants express their genes, which is uncharted territory as far as the consequences to the environment and humanity are concerned.

Sources for this article include: Yahoo Finance / Sylentis



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Ian Weinschel
Ian Weinschel5 years ago

I re-read your comment more carefully.' You think" GOOD.

Now , why do you think this would be advantageous for anyone? Explain

Sorry and THANKS


Ian Weinschel
Ian Weinschel5 years ago

To Maria A

Monsanto is no friend of mine and I have written extensively about it's potential disastrous effects, trouble it causes farmers and how to get rid of it.

But the worst thing possible is to take the story to far; loosing your credibility altogether in a worthy fight.

Where do you get "any" fact about "killing off large parts of the population?" Even if this is what is happening you should list it as "your idea" or a "fact",


Maria A.
Past Member 5 years ago

To bad the FDA is headed by former Monsanto executives. As it is, we may never see testing, regulating, or labeling of GMO products. We will never see a ban on GMOs in the U.S. Now, with RNAi manipulation of our foods, I don't believe this will ever see testing, regulating or labeling. I think Monsanto (and other companies/corporations) are actually trying to kill a large portion of the population.

Dale Overall

Oh noms,...people and kittehs of the world await with baited non-GMO breath (or those lucky enough to eat organic as to avoid unlabelled GMO foods in various parts of the globe). Monsanto Land and some others just don't want people to know by not labelling...why not?) We await with baited breath to see what the long term effects of the latest acquisition from its greedy tentacles will bring us. The long term effects of GMO foods are not known and here they are forging ahead and unleashing even more unknown horrors upon us.

Little surprise, Paul K that Monsanto has a children's 'activity' book out pontificating the 'wonders' of GMO food...have to get to the youngsters early as conversion makes easy supplicants. Since Europe/others ban GMO seeds...wait for it, a man dressed in black in the darkness of the night, a Monsanto agent sowing GMO seeds into organic fields and then when the crop is contaminated - charging the farmers money as they now have their copywronged genetic horror show in their fields. Conspiracy or...reality? Their desire to dominate and change the natural genetic code of plants...anything is possible. Bring on Day Of The Triffids with Monsanto as its main course! Noms!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Julie W.
Jules W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Boycott Monsanto !!!!

Gloria D.
Gloria Diaz5 years ago

See this open your eyes...Monsanto isnt new it had been working backstage for severa decades!

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Michelle P5 years ago

Boycott Monsanto.

Sue Matheson
Sue M5 years ago


Kayla Perron

How the hell do they get away with this shit!!?? it's so disgusting! Makes me sick!!!