Thursday, January 2, 2014

Institute for Responsible Technology - 65 Health Risks of GM Foods

5.1 In spite of industry claims, transgenes survive the digestive system and can wander
1. Industry advocates claimed that genes were destroyed during the digestion of food and therefore gene transfer to gut bacteria or organs was extremely unlikely.
2. Studies now verify that genes can survive digestion, both in humans and animals.
3. Animal studies on non-GM DNA also verify that it can pass through the placenta into the fetus, from the digestive channels into the blood and organs, and even penetrate the blood brain barrier.
5.2 Transgene design facilitates transfer into gut bacteria
1. Genes can naturally transfer between species and even kingdoms, but it is uncommon.
2. GM crops may be especially suited to overcome the natural barriers of this transfer.
3. Short bacterial sequences and higher herbicide residues, for example, may significantly increase the transfer rate.
4. Transgenes may therefore readily travel from GM food into the DNA of gut bacteria.
5.3 Transgenes may proliferate in gut bacteria over the long-term1. Once transferred into gut bacteria, transgenes may confer survival advantages, allowing them to endure and spread.
2. These advantages may be due to antibiotic or herbicide resistance, promoters that function in bacteria and genetic mechanisms that promote uncontrolled replication.
3. Having "infected" our gut bacteria, the foreign genes and the proteins they create may be harmful.
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Institute for Responsible Technology - 65 Health Risks of GM Foods

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