ABOUT THE BOOK
This paper examines the potential health effects of foods derived from genetically modified (GM) plants. While such an important topic, the data-base on the likely biological effects of GM foods is woefully inadequate.
In the absence of safety studies, the lack of evidence that GM food is unsafe cannot be interpreted as proof that it is safe, particularly as all well-designed GM safety studies published to date and carried out independently of the biotechnology industry have demonstrated potentially worrisome biological effects of GM foods.
However, the complexity of GM foods makes their biological testing difficult. The authors propose a suggested protocol for GM crop/food health risk assessment, which uses comprehensive toxicological/nutritional methods that will equally be applicable to scientifically examine the veracity of the claimed benefits of genetic manipulation, and screen for its unintended and potentially harmful consequences for human/animal health.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
ARPAD PUSZTAI is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)
and holds a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Physiology and Biochemistry.
Pusztai was formerly Head of Protein Chemistry at the Rowett Research
SUSAN BARDOCZ has a BSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry
and Pharmacology. She was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in Biochemistry
received the Pro Biocultura Prize in 2008 in
1.1 Present state of GM food science
2. ALIMENTARY TRACT AS THE FIRST TARGET OF GM FOOD RISK ASSESSMENT
3. SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR GM CROP/FOOD HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT
3.1 Chemical composition
3.2 Nutritional/toxicological testing with animals
3.4 Experimental protocol
4. DIFFERENCES IN NUTRITIONAL PERFORMANCE USEFUL FOR DIAGNOSIS
5. PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES
5.1 Effects of transgenic plant DNA
6. GM DNA SAFETY STUDIES IN THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT
7. FINAL GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
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