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  • How do you "patent" a probiotic?

    Ok, so I just saw an advertisement for a probiotic that has a "patented" strain of probiotics contained in it. My understanding is that a probiotic is a strain of healthy gut bacteria that aids in digestion. So...

    How on earth do you patent a living organism, much less a whole "species" of them?

    Is this thing some sort of genetically engineered strain of bacteria that they created in a lab? I don't know about you, but if that's the case, then that's a bit scary. Monsanto genetically modified corn is bad enough, now I have to decide if I'm going to put genetically modified bacteria in my body? No thanks, I'll pass.
    "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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    Exactly... If "patented" means genetically modified I'll pass too!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by brookesam View Post
      Exactly... If "patented" means genetically modified I'll pass too!
      We're definitely on the same wavelength here.
      "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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      • #4


        I've been reading labels on food for forever it seems, bc you never know what they are going to try and sneak in. You can't take for granted that things are what they say they are. From genteically modified, to adding soy to everythingggggg and now it looks like I'll be researching my supplements more closely than I did before.
        This is really getting ridiculous!

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        • #5
          Once Monsanto opened the door to the patenting of genetically modified life, it opened the door.
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

          B*tch-lite

          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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          • #6
            Eek, never really thought about it, and I've been taking a patented probiotic for a number of years. (Digestive Advantage Lactose Intolerance formula, made by Ganeden). I went to their website and apparently they just got their strain recognized as GRAS by the FDA... A little more digging and it sounds like they select strains and genetically identify them (and patent/produce the stronger, more effective ones) , so I really hope that's all there is to it and they're not doing anything else to them. I've been taking their probiotics for at least 6 years and have been really happy with them, they've kept me from relapsing into a recurring SIBO I used to have, and the added lactase enzyme gives me just enough help to be able to have a latte without lactose intolerance symptoms.

            I like the idea of natural probiotics from fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, etc. but I don't get enough of those foods in my diet (yet, I'd like to start making them myself) so I've stayed on the daily probiotic as a failsafe.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
              Once Monsanto opened the door to the patenting of genetically modified life, it opened the door.
              This is true... It's really sad.
              "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by brookesam View Post


                I've been reading labels on food for forever it seems, bc you never know what they are going to try and sneak in. You can't take for granted that things are what they say they are. From genteically modified, to adding soy to everythingggggg and now it looks like I'll be researching my supplements more closely than I did before.
                This is really getting ridiculous!
                Yeah, I'm with ya on that one. I don't want genetically engeneered plants in me, much less BACTERIA. This is getting a little more than scary here. I will be researching supplements very closely from now on, even more so than before.
                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                  How on earth do you patent a living organism, much less a whole "species" of them?
                  Most likely, the patent refers to a specific method of packaging it up in a saleable form, not to the "ogranism" itself.

                  BTW, everything on this planet is already "genetically modified", that in and of itself is no reason to stay away from anything.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DeeDub View Post

                    BTW, everything on this planet is already "genetically modified", that in and of itself is no reason to stay away from anything.
                    Yeah, but it's "genetically modified" in that one generation after another picked the biggest, brightest, tastiest fruit/vegetable/cattle specimen and bred it preferentially. It's not modified in a "let's inject this pineapple with an elephant gene" kind of way.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
                      Yeah, but it's "genetically modified" in that one generation after another picked the biggest, brightest, tastiest fruit/vegetable/cattle specimen and bred it preferentially. It's not modified in a "let's inject this pineapple with an elephant gene" kind of way.
                      +1000
                      "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                      B*tch-lite

                      Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
                        It's not modified in a "let's inject this pineapple with an elephant gene" kind of way.
                        Different process, same effect. Sexual reproduction is the walking talking definition of "genetically modified".

                        You and I and that pineapple have a lot more in common than one might think...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DeeDub View Post
                          Different process, same effect. Sexual reproduction is the walking talking definition of "genetically modified".

                          You and I and that pineapple have a lot more in common than one might think...
                          Ok, I'll leave all the Monsanto GMO corn for you then, since you're ok with it.
                          "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                          • #14
                            Robert Heinlein wrote a book, I think it was Time Enough for Love which story included a database where anyone who had four grandparents who lived to X years old could register. Anyone in the database who mated with someone else in the database got a financial incentive. The more children, the more money. That's selective breeding, in this instance for longevity.

                            Splicing shark DNA onto a human so a country can win swimming events in the Olympics would be genetically modifying.
                            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                            B*tch-lite

                            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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