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Can gadgets and gene engineering kill swine flu?

It’s official - Japan is in the grip of the swine flu pandemic. Or at least its media is.

The fact that my own trip to Kansai with Panasonic for what would have been a very cool story on LCD TV recycling was canceled yesterday because of H1N1 made me wonder what happened a while back when bird flu was all the rage.

Looking through the archives, I see we have a home air-con unit from the self-same Panasonic that claims to kill 99.999% of flu viruses, which is all right. However, there’s an even better option.

Tokyo University’s genetically modified rice can cause mice to develop antibodies in the same way a vaccine might. Flu, cholera and cancer are all in the sights of the new rice strain.

If eating yourself healthy isn’t preferable to expensive gadgets, masks and paranoia, then I don’t know what is.

09:21 PM JMLH • Permalink
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