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What are the Danger and Consequences of Genetically Engineered Foods?
Of course. DNA. modified and transferred in forms that can benefit and improve human lives. during the past decade. as well. Genetic engineering is the alteration of the genetic code by artificial means and different from traditional selective breeding. we can conclude that the application of genetic engineering should be held as an exceptional achievement in the past decades. the reality is otherwise and therefore. this is great news to the general human population. false. genetic engineering has been become a very controversial issue. taste better and resistant to insects. Genetic engineering makes it possible to break through the species barrier and to mix up information between completely unrelated species. Although biotech advocates explain the process of genetic engineering to be safe and precise. Based upon evidence regarding genetically modified organisms. Researchers are pressed to study for any problems that may arise from these alterations that may affect human health and the environment. however. One of the disadvantages of altered crops includes the possibility of mutating an organism.In the past century humans have been able to understand the basic building blocks of organisms. with all that said. these become mainstream part of human lives. The process of creating a genetic engineered crop may result in changes in the natural functioning of the plant’s . Genetic engineering is used to take genes and segments of DNA from one species and stick them to another organism’s DNA. One way in which DNA research has been used in genetic engineering is the deoxyribonucleic acid into ways that can alter food supplies to make them bigger. It is important to address these issues before there is more advancement in this filed. Recent findings do suggest that genetically changing the nature of plants and mammals may endanger our health and our environment. Methods have been developed where DNA can be manipulated.
In the beginning of 1996. unknown allergen within the crop. A result may end up increasing the levels of an existing allergen or producing a completely new. Jeffrey M. One could also take a highly allergenic protein from one food and introduce it into another food. corn.).). . Researchers of the York Nutritional Laboratory in UK suggest that the most possible link of human allergic reaction to genetically modified food is the use of certain proteins from different organisms. This new crop can create new and higher levels of toxins in foods and possibly be deadly.DNA. These changes in DNA may cause unexpected mutations of native genes as well as delete. cottonseed and canola plants have posed allergies and other unknown risk to human health. Those allergic to the first food would also have to avoid the new. Charles M. The toils of the genetic engineering of natural substances that control biochemical reactions. and may cause many changes to their levels of protein expression. such as cutting DNA molecules and s combining them in to the DNA of other microorganisms. Evidence over the past decades suggest that genetically modified foods carry the risk of life threatening allergic reactions and contributing to higher allergy rates. genetically altered food. it increases the possibility of plant to produce larger amount of proteins that could be allergenic. artificially insertion of different types of genes such as bacteria. (Smith. if not all of the species of plants or animals (Rader. If a problem occurred in changing the genetic makeup. virus and other genes into the DNA of soy. When genes of other organisms are inserted into a plant. then it would be passed on to each of the new offspring and eventually contaminate most. Genetically engineered microorganisms and plants express the traits coded in the new genes and pass these traits on to their offspring.
Genetically modified food safety experts point out that it is difficult to collect data to determine allergic reactions to these genetically modified foods since the potential allergens have not been clearly identified. the study was abandoned with claims that such a study is too difficult to be done (Smith. There is some evidence provided which answers the question why genetically modified crops create new allergies.However. Also. one that has not been present before. the gene was stably integrated and was producing its potentially allergenic protein. Scientists wanted to produce a healthier soybean. As a result. they may still end up having this protein since it will be produced within their intestines (Smith. researchers have suggested that it can’t be immediately known if such protein transfers do cause any allergic reaction to human. Jeffrey M). Jeffrey M). One potential problem is that no standardized testing has been established to predict such allergic reactions prior to genetic modification. Another published study in reference to the ingestion of genetically modified foods suggests that portions of the gene inserted into genetic modified soy resulted in transferring into the DNA of the human gut bacteria. Unfortunately. Moreover. This idea has been supported in 1990s. the new protein triggers a reaction causing health problems. but they ended up with a deadly one. when soybeans were outfitted with a gene from the Brazil nut. a blood test has shown that people who were allergic to Brazil nuts showed a reaction to the beans. Even when people stop eating genetically modified soy. Allergies transferred through the implanted genes produce a new protein. . within a year. The Canadian government announced in 2002 that they would have a closer look at the health of Canadians to see if there is any health issue with the use of genetically modified foods.
but had no answer to it. breathing difficulties. there were three physicians from Mexico who discovered the connection between the disorder and patients who had been taking food supplements of L-tryptophan (Harris. The patients with EMS were having a variety of other symptoms such as leg and arm swelling.Another soy allergy study in UK showed that a unique and unexpected protein is found in genetically modified soybeans where it could not be found in non-genetically modified soybeans. Nancy). It was a tragic and mysterious disease that accrued across the United States of America during the summer of 1989 that caused hundreds of people to fall seriously ill with a rare blood and muscle disorder. Scientists have tested this protein. Even some cases showed that the patients had showed congestive heart failure and paralysis. This study showed that soy consumption may lead to many problems with one’s health such as irritable bowel syndrome. physical weakness. This antibody plays a very important role in a large proportion of allergic reactions as well as in triggering allergies. digestive problems. skin rashes and pneumonia. The disease was characterized by an overproduction of white blood cells called eosinophilsmyalgia syndrome.). headaches. One of the most common examples against genetically engineering food was the case of L-tryphtophan. or EMS. . skin complaints that include acne and eczema (Smith. Many doctors were so concern about the cause of this mysterious disease. fever. Finally by the end of October of 1989. and they provided evidence that this protein has a desire to react with a kind of antibody called IgE. Jeffrey M. chronic fatigue. Doctors were exhausted by the unusual cluster of symptoms and were not able to treat their patients properly.
then researchers would not be able to identify the source of the problem for decades to come (Harris. Some people were using it upon the advice of a physician for medical problems such as insomnia. five to ten thousand Americans were affected by EMS and approximately two thousand Americans continued to suffer from a variety of symptoms. many more suffered from a host of secondary conditional diseases due to EMS (Harris. Nancy). of all those EMS cases had been using L-tryptophan product. cardiac. Evidence showed there were 37 deaths and 1. This deadly disease was only identified because the symptoms were unique. Not much later. If the symptoms were not unique. They also found a significant correlation between the patients with EMS cases and L-tryptophan product consumption. Children are at higher risk of genetically engineered foods than adults due to their fast developing bodies which are more likely to .Many Americans were using this contaminated brand of food supplement Ltryptophan regularly as a source of nutrition. By the year 1990. chronic pain and depression. gastro-intestinal and skin problems. used genetically engineered bacillus bacteria. such as. the FDA considered L-trptophan as a food nutrient rather than a drug since it was a rich source of dietary product. Showa Denko in Japan. The Journal of the American Medical association published an article showing that 98%. However. as well as. This evidence indicates that the tryptophan disaster was caused by the extremely poisonous substances presented in a tryptophan food supplement produced by one of the largest petrochemical companies. even possibly 100%. pulmonary.500 people were permanently disabled in the USA. Nancy) Another issue is the health of children. and the effects had appeared after a long time.
another environmental risk acknowledged by researchers is that insects. especially since corn is a higher percentage of their diet. Furthermore. Children under two years of age are more at risk to incidence of allergic reactions. would be contaminated. due to the use of antibiotic resistant genes in genetically engineered foods (Smith. One of the potential risks that scientist are concerned with is genes from an engineered crop can be transferred to wild life with unknown effects and may pose a host of other potential risks to the environment. can cause children many problems. IGF-1. Plants engineered that express toxic substance put other organisms. A minuscule amount of allergens can affect children. Furthermore. organic and non organic.) The environmental impact of genetically modified crops is another controversial issue to be considered as well as the health issues. Christopher D. at a higher risk of toxicity (Cook. Jeffrey M. This hormone is one of the highest risk factors for causing breast and prostate cancer. too. There is evidence suggesting genetically modified crops cause a real ecological threat and endanger future biodiversity. Dairy products from cows treated with the genetically engineered growth hormone. The first evidence seen was the outbreak of a . birds and wind could carry genetically engineered crop pollen into the neighboring fields and beyond.be influenced by the effects of genetically modified foods. children are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases. all crops. As a result of cross pollination.). Studies have shown that children are more in danger to develop allergies than adults. such as birds and deer. Another factor in crop engineering is the increase of new dangerous viruses that may widely spread and facilitate unpredictable problems in the environment. Pollens from genetically engineered plants can fertilize other crops and their wild relatives.
Many studies have suggested that genetically modified organisms affect our health and our environment. genetically modified crops are not safe. Scientists suggested that the looms of this grass was carried by the wind. but their benefits are few. and then it may well be too late to reverse the damage. They have foreign genes from bacteria and viruses that have never been in the human food supply. It is possible that the harmful effects of genetic gene manipulation will not be discovered for years. . They have been linked to many toxic and allergenic reactions resulting in serious and unusual diseases. It was reported that scientists found a wild grass. Some of the diseases are known. Over all. Brown). Their dangers are many.genetically modified crop reported at the EPA in August 2006. however. many are not. carrying the modified grass’s seeds and pollen to the locations where new plants were emerging (Kathryn. had the genetic modification. turf grass.
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