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Hi, one of my colleagues just showed me an article in the February 1999 issue of Consumers' Research magazine titled "Food Allergies: No Trivial Health Matter". It focuses extensively on peanut allergy and it has some information on bioengineered hypoallergenic peanuts. I read it quickly so I need to read it again before I highlight any of the information for readers of this bulletin board but I wanted to let you know about it right away. Unfortunately, Consumers' Research does not post its articles on the Internet so to see a copy try your local library or contact Consumers' Research at P.O. Box 5025, Brentwood, Tennessee, 37024-5025. [telephone: 615-377-3322]. Back issues cost $4 including postage and handling.

On Mar 5, 1999

Thanks for the information!

On Mar 5, 1999

I would be very excited about bioengineered hypo allergenic peanuts. I am an engineer (electrical) before I became a stay at home Mom. Science is a lot easier for me to relate to than medical immunology stuff. But I therefore believe that there is a real possibility that could be done. I also like the idea of changing the properties of the food being used, rather than trying to make our bodies respond differently to the allergens. wouldn't this be great. I have got to get this article. Patti

On Mar 5, 1999

Kathryn, you are a wealth of information! Thanks for the lead. Sounds interesting and I would like to know more - although I can't imagine warming up to anything that slightly resembled the evil bean or legueme or whatever a peanut really is (It just hit me last week how deadly these things are to my baby).

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On Mar 5, 1999

Here are some sites you might like to explore , I will post them on the research board also. If you know something about this subject please contact me also. Some questions that have been asked: Is it possible that something has been done to the peanut that happens to have made more people allergic to it? What work is being done to change the peanut so it may not effect us?

Biotechnology Research [url="http://nespal.cpes.peachnet.edu/research/biotechnology/"]nespal.cpes.peachnet.edu/research/biotechnology/[/url]

Peanut somatic embryo genesis and transformation [url="http://mars.cropsoil.uga.edu/homesoybean/peanut3.htm"]mars.cropsoil.uga.edu/homesoybean/peanut3.htm[/url]

Stay Safe,

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On Mar 5, 1999

I look forward to reading the article about bioengineered peanut plants. I have read somewhere that the offending protein/s in the peanut have been identified, that would be a big step in the genetic engineering of a peanut plant that will be hypoallergenic. I work in the field of genetic engineering (I am a molecular cell biologist that is currently genetically engineering a human cell to deliver proteins for use in neurodegenerative diseases. So I feel it is quite plausible that someday there will be a peanut plant that has been engineered to no longer contain or have modified the allergenic protein/s in it. There is much going on in the field of plant bioengineering in general.

I always find everyones personal experiences, support, and links to other sites so helpful, informative and reasurring. And I enjoy the light-hearted messages too (but I don't really think sarcasm has a place here, we're all in the same situation...just my 2 cents.)

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