We could be getting allergy-free GM peanuts

Allergy free peanuts could soon be a reality thanks to genome editing technology creating genetically modified peanuts.

By tweaking the genes of the organism to no longer include the elements that cause allergies, scientists may soon be able to create allergy-free peanuts.

These kind of crops are only about 5 years away from commercial availability.

Traditional genetically modified organisms are made by transferring genes from one organism to another to make the organism superior in some way. e.g. drought resistance. This new method of gene editing would only be swapping genes from varieties of the same plant, peanuts.

Currently this new method of creating genetically modified foods would face fewer regulations in America as the method doesn’t involve splicing genes from other organisms.

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