New foods for thought

Trends Plant Sci. 2012 Mar;17(3):123-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2012.01.004. Epub 2012 Jan 20.


Recent findings show that genetic material in plant foods may survive digestion, circulate through our bodies and modulate our gene expression. These findings could alter our understanding of nutrition, genetic regulation and open up new vistas for engineering foods.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Food*
  • Gene Transfer, Horizontal
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / metabolism


  • MicroRNAs