Gallery: Italian Scientists are Developing Hypoallergenic Apples


A team of allergists, molecular biologists and plant physiologists in Italy are collaborating to develop a hypo-allergenic apple that could provide relief to those who suffer from food allergies. Apples aren’t typically known as a potent allergen — at worst, they may cause your tongue and lips to become itchy and blister. But the team of scientists is using the apple as a test case, and they’re trying to decode the genetic markers that cause some people to experience an allergic reaction.

The team, led by plant physiologist Dr. Alessandro Botton, will seek to identify hypoallergenic varieties and crossing them with other types of apples to produce new hypoallergenic varieties. A recent report from ABC News described the research as genetic modification, but Botton insists that he isn’t changing the genetic makeup of the fruit; instead, he’s using traditional crossings. “I chose to search for hypoallergenic apples among the already available varieties instead of genetically modify them,” Botton explains in an email.

The development of genetically modified foods has been highly controversial, both in the United States and abroad. But Botton and his team decided to instead go the natural route, breeding plants through traditional methods.

Via ABC News

Photos by Abhijit Tembhekar and Deborah Fitchett


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  1. Poisonous Apples March 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    There is no need for a laboratory created apple. It is unnatural, unsafe & toxic. The first mistake is thinking you can create better food than Mother Nature. You cannot. It is no coincidence that everyone is suffering with stomach & bowel problems & food sensitivies due to the proliferation of genetically mutated foods. I was at my gastroenterologist getting a colonoscopy recently for stomach pain, etc. He was inundated that morning with 20 colonoscopy procedures for mostly Hispanic patients, all on a corn tortilla rich diet. NO COINCIDENCE. Monsanto/FDA/US Government/Mainstream Media ALL complicit in SICKENING the US population. ENOUGH! Rip the lid off of this BEAST! NO MORE GENETICALLY MODIFED FOOD! BAN THEM ENTIRELY! Studies show they cause CANCER in time. Congress, you disgust me. Think of your grandchildren & the sick future you are giving them. Do the right thing & protect our food instead of accepting bribes by Monsanto.

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