How Does This Testing Process Work?It’s all a bit complicated, but Mercola.com probably explains Senomyx and how their process works the best:
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.In even simpler terms, Senomyx engineered the aborted fetal remains into a compound of “receptors” that react to a flavor enhancer—say, a new sweetener for a soda, for example. These receptors can react positively or negatively to food additives and flavor enhancers. If the test is positive, then there’s a good chance that the flavor enhancer will appear in a product on the grocery store shelf.
Who Uses This Process?Now that you know what Senomyx does, you probably want to know the companies that contract with them. We’ll update this list as we discover more information, but for now, here are the companies we’re aware of:
Pfizer Inc (drug research/pharmaceuticals)
Merck & Co (vaccine research - http://www.cogforlife.org/vaccineListOrigFormat.pdf)
** Pepsico - No longer on the boycott list! Senomyx will not use aborted fetal cells in any of the PEPSICO research & development.
** Kraft - Cadbury Adams LLC No longer on the boycott list! As of December 27, 2011 Kraft ended their contract with Senomyx and no product was brought to the market.