Gene Transfer

Nature has endowed animals with barriers that prevent foreign DNA from entering the genome or synthesizing foreign proteins. Compositionally, the DNA of a trans-genic plant is the same as DNA consumed as part of normal diets; it shares a similar fate. Food processing and ingredient extraction remove or inactivate some DNA. Next, DNA is degraded within the digestive tract.[8] Transfer of genes from normal or altered plants to the intestinal microflora and enterocytes has been speculat-ed.[9] Using methods to detect ultratrace gene fragments, no transfer of transgenes to humans could be detected.[8] Considering that animals and humans have been exposed to DNA from plants and bacteria for centuries, dietary genes appear innocuous.[10]

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