METHODS The ability of proteins in transgenic and non-transgenic soybeans, Brazil nuts, and purified 2S albumin to bind to IgE in serum from subjects allergic . Identification of a brazil-nut allergen in transgenic soybeans. J. A. Nordlee, S. L. Taylor, J. A. Townsend. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article. Background The nutritional quality of soybeans (Glycine max) is compromised by a relative deficiency of methionine in the protein fraction of the seeds.

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The story about identificxtion Brazil nut allergen that was transferred into soybeans by genetic engineering is offered as proof by Smith that GM technology could be used to transfer an allergen to a food. In his zeal to criticize GM crops, Smith completely misses, or intentionally obscures, the point.

Smith also obscures the fact that researchers were able to detect the potential problem in the early stages of development. It should also be mentioned that researchers strongly avoid using genes isolated from organisms to which humans are known to be allergic. Developers understand the need for safety testing.

It is well established that almost all food allergens are proteins—and we know that proteins are encoded by genes Mills and other It was therefore obvious that if a gene is taken from a plant to which people are allergic, one should be careful that an allergen has not been transferred. When Pioneer started this project the protein they selected was not known to be a potential allergen.

Nonetheless, they asked food allergists to evaluate the safety of their nutritionally-enhanced soybean Nordlee and others It is not difficult to determine if a protein is a known food allergen. Scientists can evaluate the sequence of a protein to determine if it resembles any known allergen.


If a protein comes from a plant that causes allergies, or if it resembles an allergen, researchers can test if allergy antibodies in serum samples from allergy sufferers react with the protein—if the protein react positively with allergy-associated antibodies, it is concluded that it may be an allergen since false positives can also occur.

Scientists can also do tests to determine if antibodies are present in allergic serum that bind to a protein of the same size as the known allergen. This provides further evidence since allrgen is unlikely that another protein of exactly the same size will give a false positive identificagion.

Skin prick tests with allergic subjects can be used to confirm that the transtenic reacts in humans. These are exactly the tests performed by food allergy specialists in this case Nordlee and others Because they observed positive results, they cautioned the developer that they had qllergen transferred a previously off food allergen to the soybean. The conclusion to be drawn is that scientists have developed very reliable methods with which they can identify food allergens.

The developer terminated the project. The soybean never made out of early stages in development; it was never submitted to regulators nor was any attempt ever made to market it. This is exactly how the premarket safety assessment is supposed to help developers ensure that only products that are as safe as any other food reach the market.


It is a fact that no GM product has ever caused a food allergy Goodman and others No premarket testing is required for non-GM foods and they are not taken off the market when they cause allergies. The premarket safety system protects the consumer and the producer. The premarket safety evaluation that soybeanns applied to GM crops, but not conventional crops or organic products, has little difficulty detecting known food allergens.


Allergenicity assessment of genetically modified crops: Risks of allergic allergen to biotech proteins in foods: Structural, biological, and evolutionary relationships of plant food allergens sensitizing via the gastrointestinal tract. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Identification of a Brazil-nut allergen in transgenic soybeans. A gene from a Brazil nut was transferred into soybean and routine safety assessment found that serum from people with Brazil nut allergies zoybeans a positive reaction.

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Identification of a Brazil-nut Allergen in Transgenic Soybeans

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Oz Interview with Dr. Genetic Roulette Falsely Claims: A gene from a Brazil nut carried allergies into soybeans A gene from a Brazil nut was inserted into soybeans When tests verified that people allergic to Brazil nuts would react to the GM soy, the project was canceled. This research verified that genetic engineering can transfer allergenic proteins into crops A gene from a Brazil alleregn was transferred into soybean and routine safety assessment found that serum from people with Brazil nut allergies gave a positive reaction.

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