Genetically Modified Organisms And Its Effects On Human Health

1545 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) have replaced our diet with genetically altered foods, which have adversely affected human health as well as local communities. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are a broad group of plants, animals, and bacteria that are engineered for a wide variety of applications ranging from agricultural production to scientific research. The types of potential hazards posed by GMO’s vary according to the type of organism being modified and its intended application. Most of the concern surrounding GMO’s relates to their potential for negative effects on human health. There are several types of potential health effects that could result from GMO’s. Genetically modified organisms can cause immune system problems, can stay in the body once ingested, and can cause antibiotic resistance and disease.
A potential health threat from GMO’s include immune system problems. Evidence shows that genetically engineered foods trigger adverse immune system responses. A study done in Italy exposed that “the Bt-toxin produced in genetically modified Bt crops like corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses” (Mercola, 2012). When this theory was tested on mice, the immune system responses included elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, which are typically associated with allergies and infections, an increase in cytokines, which are associated with allergic and inflammatory responses, and elevated T cells (gamma delta),…

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