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Researchers close to developing non-allergenic peanuts

Researchers at the University of Western Australia say they have taken a significant step in developing ‘super’ peanuts that don’t cause allergic reactions.

Phys.org reports that the UWA scientists have joined a global research team which includes organisations such as the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

By decoding the DNA of peanuts they identified genes which, if altered, could prevent allergic reactions.

Professor Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director- Genetic Gains from ICRISAT and also Winthrop Research Professor with UWA’s Institute of Agriculture and School of Plant Biology was involved in the research.

“This discovery brings us that one step closer to creating peanuts that will have significant benefits globally,” Varshney said.

“We will also be able to produce peanuts that have more health benefits with improved nutritional value.”

About three per cent of Australians are allergic to peanuts.

 

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