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  • Peer-reviewed journal article
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  • Update
GE organism
  • peanut
  • tomato
  • apple
  • soybean
  • rice
GE trait
  • quality
  • Australia


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Genetic engineering for removing food allergens from plants

Singh MB, Bhalla PL
Trends in Plant Science. 2008 June. 13(6):257-260

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PMID: 18467156 DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2008.04.004 ISSN: 1360-1385


Genetic engineering has great potential for improving the safety of plant-based foods by eliminating allergenic components. A recent publication by Dodo et al. demonstrates that RNA interference can mediate the silencing of a major allergen protein from peanuts. Three additional papers (two by Le et al. and one by Lorenz et al.) report the removal of allergenic proteins from tomato fruits. This research highlights the potential for using genetically engineered hypoallergenic plants in a new approach to alleviating food allergy symptoms.


allergen; peanut; tomato; RNAi; allergenicity


Funding source
  • Australian Research Council
Funding country
  • Australia
Funding type
  • government

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Singh MB, Bhalla PL. "Genetic engineering for removing food allergens from plants." Trends in Plant Science 13.6 (2008): 257-260. Web. 20 Apr. 2024.


Singh MB, Bhalla PL. (2008). Genetic engineering for removing food allergens from plants. Trends in Plant Science, 13(6), 257-260. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2008.04.004

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