Allergenicity assessment of genetically modified crops--what makes sense?

Nat Biotechnol. 2008 Jan;26(1):73-81. doi: 10.1038/nbt1343.


GM crops have great potential to improve food quality, increase harvest yields and decrease dependency on certain chemical pesticides. Before entering the market their safety needs to be scrutinized. This includes a detailed analysis of allergenic risks, as the safety of allergic consumers has high priority. However, not all tests currently being applied to assessing allergenicity have a sound scientific basis. Recent events with transgenic crops reveal the fallacy of applying such tests to GM crops.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Food Analysis / methods*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / etiology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / prevention & control*
  • Food, Genetically Modified / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / adverse effects*
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / immunology
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Risk Factors