Category Archives: Genomes

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No long-term studies have ever been done on humans, but when you look at the studies that have been done on animals, it’s pretty appalling,” Goldberg said. “You’re talking about liver damage and kidney damage and when they fed it to hamsters, the third generation of hamsters weren’t able to produce babies, so there’s real safety issues.”

As mentioned, a 2007 study published in the journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Technology showed that rats fed Monsanto’s MON863 corn for more than 90 days began to show “signs of toxicity” in the liver and kidneys.

In 2010, Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov released the results of a study testing the effects of Monsanto’s genetically modified soy on hamsters. After monitoring three generations over a two year period, third generation hamsters not only lost the ability to reproduce, but even began growing hair inside their mouths.

“The real big issue in our country Carol, is that genetically modified food’s are not labeled, so people do not know that they are eating genetically modified foods. Over 60 countries around the world require GMOs to be labeled but the US does not,” Goldberg added. “And why is that? According to the Food & Water Watch, the Ag-Bio tech industry, which owns all these GMOs, has spent $572 million on campaign contributions and lobbying to make sure that they don’t get labeled.”

The Body and the Future are Eclectic

Here’s my two cents about tomorrowland: The future is in the transhuman.

Mankind has been struggling against the fetters of the flesh, the banal, the mundane since the discoveries of clothing, psychoactive drugs (including alcohol), body building, steroid use, meditation, and every manner of modification including neck stretching, teeth filing, skin coloring, scarification, tattoos, elective surgeries, the crippling of children to improve their careers as beggars, and more.

I am surrounded by a growing percentage of individuals visibly sporting more tattoos than traditional circus attractions and convicted felons. There is also a plethora of hardware hanging from forehead, lips, and nostrils – including hog rings (and that is only what is visible). In addition to piercings there are implants of every manner including dental, dermal, breast, calf, and buttock.  There are even the absolute creepiest DIYs for piercing of the male member.

Beyond the realm of vanity and elective mutilation, organ transplants are no longer uncommon, and growing replacement skin and organs is burgeoning technology: fiction’s fodder has become reality.

The first company which is able to receive FDA approval for an implantable computer interface is going to make a zillion dollars – even if it “may” cause brain tumors should the user exceed “casual use.”  The age of the megacorporation is upon the public and we are their food.

The discovery of the point contact transistor in 1947 New Jersey was less than a hundred years ago.  Watson and Crick published their historic work in 1953.  Developments in genetic engineering are more impressive than those of computer technology.  However it is because of computer technology that the rate of contemporary genetics research is possible.

Organic processes (like evolution) are rarely clean, neat, or isolated. Almost without realizing it as such, we are well into the age of the Transhuman:

My friend Stelarc may be correct; transhumanism may be where we are heading. The first person to figure out how to implant/grow animal features (plates, scales, fur, feathers, and/or muscle mass) in human beings will be a zillionaire.  Smeary tattoos and non-essential holes in the flesh will be the equivalent of bell bottoms and  bobby socks.

E-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y wants to be something more than what they are now. Some even want to be machines and/or have sex with them.

Machines will evolve. Clever people will make clever products and market them in clever fashion. That’s the way things work.

In a world of posers, whiners, and “wanna-bes,” David Cronenberg may be up to something. Any volunteers?

 

The devil’s disciple wore a nice suit – excerpt

This is a previously unpublished section written in response to the presentation of a lobbyist who presented to class on election eve 2012:

… Mr. Howard then took a moment to ridicule the “outrageous fine” levied upon a restaurateur whose refrigerator was storing cheese at 40 degrees. Especially deft was his technique of planting the idea that the food product was about to be, “put on a grill” (obviating the need for refrigeration to begin with?).

The Burger That Shattered Her Life By MICHAEL MOSS Published: October 3, 2009
Ben Garvin for The New York Times
Stephanie Smith, 22, was paralyzed after being stricken by E. coli in 2007. Officials traced the E. coli to hamburger her family had eaten

During calendar year 1999 seventy-five million people became ill from food related poisoning and another 5,000 died – in the United States alone.

In between full recuperation and death from food-borne bacterial infections are a host of permanent and/or chronic effects.

Stephanie Smith, a 22-year-old children’s dance instructor, ate a bad burger manufactured by the Cargill Corporation, contracted an E. Coli infection, had to be placed in a medically induced coma for nine weeks, didn’t die, and can no longer walk due to paralysis from the infection. Her medical condition indicates that she will require multiple kidney transplants. Ms. Smith’s medical bills are in the millions of dollars.

Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 ° and 140 °F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes.

There is a lot more to be said about the topic of food safety – all of it based on scientific fact, and common sense. What is missing are ADDITIONAL regulations to keep bits of glass, complex organic compounds, heavy metals and more – out of our food supply chain. New laws with revenue-creating penalties and enforcement are required for new hazards foisted on an unsuspecting and trusting public by multinational corporations who use every manner of deception to increase their profit margins while minimizing their accountability.

Back to Mr. Howard and his introduction….

Peter Terezakis
ITP, Tisch School of the Arts
New York City

Effects of Color

A 1974 chance encounter with a licensed optometrist who used color therapy
in his practice affected the direction of my work, and my life.

Through Yasser Ansari’s Genomics class, for the first time in my life I
have an opportunity to examine and research the effects of wavelengths of light and some of its effects on the human body within an academic setting.

Most people know about “blue” light to treat neonatal hyper-bilirubinemia, broad-spectrum light in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and understand that daylight helps to prevent rickets and osteoporosis by stimulating Vitamin D3 production.

What is of interest to me is that there is a growing body of experiential evidence that specific wavelengths of light may be used to treat specific medical problems.

I’d like to continue my research and have it mean something outside of the subjective world of visual art. This will only happen if I can gain access to research grade instrumentation and unbiased experimental support. The past several months I have made contact with medical doctors, engineers, and a physicist at New York University, State University of New York College of Optometry, and the University of California, San Diego.

Phase one of my project involves measuring wavelengths of visible light as transmitted through optical filters from an existing medical device. To do this accurately I need to use a spectroradiometer.

Phase two is measuring physiological responses to specific frequencies of light during a given period of time.

The experimental parameters and procedure for this part of the project will be designed by Dr. Kenneth Ciuffreda at the State University of New York, College of Optometry (http://www.sunyopt.edu/faculty/viewprofile.php?ID=103).

Dr. Ciuffreda is openly critical of the efficacy of light therapy and has volunteered to participate in this project.

I am keeping my contacts at the College of Syntonic Optometry (http://www.collegeofsyntonicoptometry.com/home.html) out of this project for experimental objectivity.

Based on the experiment’s results, I would like to publish the project’s results and create other works of art and healing based upon the research.

The device pictured below is an optical syntonizer built and sold in 1933. Theses units – as well as updated ones – are in use by medical professionals in Europe and the United States. This filters and frequencies used in this unit are the foundation for my research.

(http://www.terezakis.com/fos/fotos.html)

Peter Terezakis
ITP, Tisch School of the Arts
New York City

Studio method for preparing the surfaces of noble metals prior to anodizng.

 

Studio method for preparing the surfaces of noble metals prior to anodizing. 

At the peak of my career as a jewelry designer work from my studio was shown and sold from boutiques in Manhattan, two-hundred and fifty-six retailers in the United States (outside of Manhattan which is in some ways a country unto itself), Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

If you haven’t used acids before, have limited experience with chemistry, are clumsy, and/or do not have adequate safety gear, do

    N O T

 

attempt this procedure. You will be creating and using Aqua Regia which will dissolve Gold: delicate, irreplaceable tissues of the eyes, lungs, sinus, skin, and even bone will be burned by the fumes and spattered drops of this compound. DO NOT begin to attempt to use this procedure unless you are certain that you have taken every preparation for safe handling and disposal of chemicals created during this procedure.

I cannot accept any responsibility for the use or misuse of the communication of this studio process.

Irreversible damage may occur to your lungs, sinuses, eyes, and skin in a moment from airborne acid clouds (fuming) as well as spatters, drips, and pours.

Use at your own risk.

1) Select material. I like to work with Tantalum for color and malleability. Titanium is stiffer and creates less refractive colors than Tantalum or Niobium.

2) Sandblast to clean surface

3) Solvent wipe or soak/agitate material

4) Air dry material/parts

In a hooded area, negative ventilation, outside with fans blowing, proper lighting, wearing a respirator, and all necessary safety equipment:

5) Mix solution of 50% Nitric and 50% hydrochloric acid |(HNO3 (aq) + 3 HCl (aq) | into a glass container. Do not splatter.
Note: Make certain to have baking soda as a neutralizing agent (1 pound per four liquid ounces of acid), a distilled water tank/bath, and running water available.

6) Slowly immerse material. *** Percolation will occur!!! ***

7) Etch surfaces until suitable finish.

8) Rinse parts in distilled water

9) Add baking soda to distilled water bath **** Percolation will occur **** until acid is neutralized.

10) Rinse parts in running water

11) Neutralize Aqua Regia or save other applications.

12) Anodize material sooner than later

Peter Terezakis
ITP, Tisch School of the Arts
New York City

© Peter Terezakis 2012

Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST)

“Bad-faith efforts by biotechnology opponents to portray rBST as untested or harmful, and to discourage its use, keep society from taking full advantage of a safe and useful product. The opponents’ limited success is keeping the price of milk unnecessarily high.” – Henry Miller, NY Times, 2009

I cannot help but wonder if this insight into the marketeers of Genetech, Lilly, and Monsanto who are selling the technology of the day, just as their counterparts did during the early mid-twentieth century.

rBST products are illegal in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and all European Union countries
rBST and its products are illegal in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and all European Union countries

Trust industry to regulate industry? Or industry to buy its public opinion and science?
Given a choice, I would rather not.

Peter Terezakis
ITP, Tisch School of the Arts
New York City

Yersinia Pestis aka The Black Death, The Plague, Bubonic Plague, Plague of Justinian:

World bi-traveler seeks fast encounter. In just a few days, I promise you will find me irresistible! — possible Craigslist ad for Yersinia Pestis

The plague was linked to the Yersinia pestis bacteria by a Swiss scientist, Alexandere Yersin in 1894. (ref)

“Yersinia pestis (formerly Pasteurella pestis) was responsible for the deaths of one third of the population in Europe between 1347 and 1353 “(ref).

“The disease is transmitted from rodents to humans by Xenopsylla cheopis, the oriental rat flea, or Pulex irritans, the human flea. The Yersinia pestis bacterium is credited with not only immeasurable human destruction, but also credited with facilitating sociological sea changes that altered the course of human civilization. A prominent example of such change was the demographics transformation in the late 14th Century Europe that destroyed the feudal system.” (ref)

“Treatments-Ancient methods of treatment: bathing in human urine; wearing own excrement; placing of “stinks” (dead animals) in your dwelling, use of leeches, and drinking molten gold and powdered emeralds. Modern methods of treatment: best if diagnosed during early onset; the use of sulphonamides was popular in the 1930’s; currently, use of streptomycin -the most effective therapeutic agent tested in the treatment of bubonic plague (excellent alternates-chloramphenicol and tetracycline). Penicillin is useless.” (ref)

“Three forms of plague currently exist, including bubonic, septic and pneumonic plague. Bubonic plague is the most frequent form of infection which targets the lymphatic system. Infected persons will develop enlarged lymph nodes resulting in open sores at advanced stages. Septic plague, or Black Plague, attacks the bloodstream. Numerous black patches appear over the body due to sub dermal hemorrhages throughout the skin. Transmission of pneumonic plague can occur between humans without the involvement of the flea parasite. Although pneumonic plague is the least common form of transmission, it is the most contagious and holds the highest mortality rate.”(ref)

Yersinia pestis symptoms(ref)

Yersinia Pestis as a Potential Bioweapon Today

“Yersinia pestis is one of ten agents deemed by the U.S. Army Research Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to be most suitable for development as a bioweapon.[20] Y. pestis is also one of six agents deemed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be of highest concern, the so-called Category A biological threat agents.[21] After conducting threat assessments, the Department of Homeland Security has determined that Y. pestis poses a “material threat” to U.S. national security.”[22](ref) (ref)

“Artificially created aerosol containing plague bacilli can cause numerous and almost simultaneous cases of primary pulmonic plague in an exposed population. Persons exposed would most likely develop severe pneumonia with rapidly progressing respiratory and circulatory failure. The use of the Yersinia pestis strains resistant to antibiotics typically applied cannot be excluded.” (ref)

” … in Denver where a simulated pneumonic plague attack was to occur (Miller et al. 2001). The attack simulation was supposed to last 10 days. It lasted four. By the fourth day, it became clear to everyone involved that there was no way for them to ‘catch up’ with the pestilence which had already spread throughout the US and as far away as Japan and England despite intensive efforts by officials to contain the disease.” (ref)

Click for genome sequence for Yersinia pestis at PubMed

“Yersinia pestis is a recently evolved descendant of the soil-dwelling bacillus Yersinia pseudotuberculosis7, which in the course of its evolution acquired two additional plasmids (pMT1 and pPCP1) that provide it with specialized mechanisms for infiltrating mammalian hosts.”(ref)

Electron microscope photograph of Yersinia pestis.

Yersinia pestis as a cuddly plush doll from GiantMicrobes.com
Go figure.

Peter Terezakis

Tisch School of the Arts
http://www.terezakis.com