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Checkbiotech: Digestion study on pigs shows GM corn safe
Posted by: DR. RAUPP & madora (IP Logged)
Date: November 15, 2004 07:55AM ;

A study by a team from the College of Agricultural Sciences of the Southern
Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC) have recently found that no traces
of a "foreign" gene wound up in the flesh or blood of 56 piglets fed
genetically modified (GM) corn, November 2004.

Under the leadership of swine expert Gary A. Apgar, the team fed GM corn
to weanling pigs. Younger pigs are more efficient at turning a pound of feed
into a pound of gain, hence increasing the potential for the transgene to be

When they looked for evidence of the gene in the pigs' stomach contents and
feces, they found nothing. They, however, detected fragments of transgene in
the stomach contents of 50 of the piglets, and found fragments in only one
of the samples screened from the small intestine. This suggests further that
the additional gene generally does not survive the digestive process.

This new study reinforces findings from an earlier work, also by the SIUC,
where larger, older pigs were used as model organisms, and where no remnants
of the transgene were found in samples of contents from the small intestine
and feces.

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