No, rice. As in pork fried.
The Agriculture Department has given a preliminary green light for the first commercial production of a food crop engineered to contain human genes, reigniting fears that biomedically potent substances in high-tech plants could escape and turn up in other foods.
The plan, confirmed yesterday by the California biotechnology company leading the effort, calls for large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds.
Only this kind you're not supposed to eat, I guess. The idea is to use plants - in this case, rice - as "factories" to produce certain stuff - you know, proteins, enzymes, whatever. It all sounds cool and sci-fi, assuming it works.
If it doesn't, it sounds sci-fi and not so good.