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Spain: GM melon halts allergy it produces

Melon is the second most likely food to cause allergic reactions in Spanish consumers, according to a study by the European Academy for Allergy. And it was in Spain that the medicine for that was found. Investigators from the Polytechnic of Madrid, in collaboration with other centers, developed a genetically modified melon.

Scientists developed a profilin (the protein responsible for the allergy to melon) modified melon that is able to stimulate  the immune system to evolve to a non-allergic reaction.

This tool could also eliminate the secondary effects of immunotherapy that is, until now, the only treatment against allergies. Moreover, this variety could also be used in the treatment of allergies to several pollens.

Source: Eleconomista

Publication date: 5/1/2012


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