Egg Allergy? Eat Allergy Free Eggs

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on Mar 15 2012 3:42 PM

 Egg Allergy? Eat Allergy Free Eggs
Australian scientists are working on developing allergy free eggs. Children who are allergic to eggwhite might soon be able to eat it as researchers are working on modifying egg proteins so that hens start laying allergy-free eggs.
Using RNAi (RNA interference) technology the researchers hope to switch off the 4 major allergens out of the 40 proteins that are found in egg, thus creating a hypoallergenic egg that will produce chickens that will, in turn, lay allergy-free eggs.

Professor Tim Doran said, "We are not producing genetically modified chickens as part of this research, we are simply modifying the proteins within the egg whites to produce chickens that lay allergy-free eggs."

The research is expected to be completed within 3-years, allergy-free flu vaccines will be available within 5-years and allergy-free eggs in supermarkets within 5-10 years.This research is a collaboration between Deakin University, CSIRO and the Poultry Co-operative Research Centre.