While this is terrible for what it really is, don't be naive and call it what it isn't.
There is no human fetal anything in any products. What this Senomyx company did was use embryonic kidney tissue to develop a receptor test to determine which chemicals trigger which chemical reactions in humans. It is still disgusting and totally backwards, but it isn't ingesting human biological material.
Also, to my understanding, they don't need a continued supply of embryos now that they got HEK293 (though it took 293 experiments to get there). But the fact they're allowed to do this in the first place is disturbing. This certainly isn't the "cure alzheimer's/undue paralysis" BS they usually try to justify stem-cell/embryonic tissue research with.
Here's some details (from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/0...):
"Senomyx is a high tech research and development business that is "dedicated to finding new flavors to reduce sugars and reduce salt." But their focus is not on whole, organic fruits and vegetables, or grass-pastured meats, dairy and eggs. Senomyx develops patented flavor enhancers by using "proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems."
That's a testing system that provides scientists with biochemical responses and electronic readouts when a flavor ingredient interacts with their patented receptor, letting researchers know whether or not their flavor enhancer is effective. The receptors are made from HEK293 -- HEK stands for Human Embryonic Kidney cells, with 293 denoting that the HEK was from the 293rd experiment. HEK293 originally came from a healthy, electively aborted baby whose cells were then harvested and cloned."
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