About Careers MedBlog Contact us

New Peanut Sans Allergy Risk on the Anvil

by VR Sreeraman on June 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM
Font : A-A+

New Peanut Sans Allergy Risk on the Anvil

Scientists in the US are developing 'low-allergy' peanuts, offering hope to thousands of people with allergies associated with the popular seed.

Peanut allergies are relatively common and usually cause breathing problems.


But at their most serious, they can lead to a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

The US team has managed to remove or reduce key proteins thought to spark the allergy.

They stress the resulting peanuts are not genetically modified but the product of conventional cross-breeding.

The peanuts are still at a fledgling stage, but if further tests are successful they could be used widely to prevent the risks associated with production lines.

The key issue will be whether the peanut missing these proteins will be able to produce naturally occurring seeds with the same reduced allergy potential.

In principle, kids who consumed these low-allergy peanuts would be less likely to become allergic to all peanuts in the first place.

"And people that are already allergic would need to have a much higher dose before they suffered a reaction," the BBC quoted Professor Soheila Maleki as saying.

"In the case of accidental ingestion, there would be much less of a reaction," Maleki added.

It is believed that the peanuts could be available within two to five years.

The findings were presented at a congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in London.

Source: ANI


Recommended Reading

Latest Research News

 Experiments on Child Brain Tumour and Muscle Ageing Heading to Space
The International Space Station will be used to carry out experiments seeking to improve understanding of incurable child brain tumors and the muscle aging process.
 Nearly 1 In 5 UK Adults Experience Negative Responses to Sounds
How many people in the UK have misophonia? In a representative sample study, most people had at least some irritation upon hearing trigger sounds.
Why Are 1 in 8 Indians at Risk of Irreversible Blindness
Routine eye-checkups and mass screenings enable early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Late-stage glaucoma diagnosis leads to blindness.
 Blind People Feel Their Heartbeat Better Than Those With Sight
Brain plasticity following blindness leads to superior ability in sensing signals from the heart, which has implications for bodily awareness and emotional processing.
New Biomarkers Help Detect Alzheimer's Disease Early
A group of scientists were awarded £1.3 million to create a new “point of care testing” kit that detects Alzheimer's disease biomarkers.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

New Peanut Sans Allergy Risk on the Anvil Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests