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Assessing the Transfer of Genetically Modified DNA from Feed to Animal Tissues

Overview of attention for article published in Transgenic Research, October 2005
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#34 of 676)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (91st percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (83rd percentile)

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Title
Assessing the Transfer of Genetically Modified DNA from Feed to Animal Tissues
Published in
Transgenic Research, October 2005
DOI 10.1007/s11248-005-0009-5
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Authors

Raffaele Mazza, Mirko Soave, Mauro Morlacchini, Gianfranco Piva, Adriano Marocco

Abstract

In Europe, public and scientific concerns about the environmental and food safety of GM (Genetically Modified) crops overshadow the potential benefits offered by crop biotechnology to improve food quality. One of the concerns regarding the use of GM food in human and animal nutrition is the effect that newly introduced sequences may have on the organism. In this paper, we assess the potential transfer of diet-derived DNA to animal tissues after consumption of GM plants. Blood, spleen, liver, kidney and muscle tissues from piglets fed for 35 days with diets containing either GM (MON810) or a conventional maize were investigated for the presence of plant DNA. Only fragments of specific maize genes (Zein, Sh-2) could be detected with different frequencies in all the examined tissues except muscle. A small fragment of the Cry1A(b) transgene was detected in blood, liver, spleen and kidney of the animals raised with the transgenic feed. The intact Cry1A(b) gene or its minimal functional unit were never detected. Statistical analysis of the results showed no difference in recovery of positives for the presence of plant DNA between animals raised with the transgenic feed and animals raised with the conventional feed, indicating that DNA transfer may occur independently from the source and the type of the gene. From the data obtained, we consider it unlikely that the occurrence of genetic transfer associated with GM plants is higher than that from conventional plants.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 3 5%
France 1 2%
Iceland 1 2%
South Africa 1 2%
Italy 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 57 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 20 31%
Student > Bachelor 11 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 14%
Student > Master 8 12%
Professor 5 8%
Other 12 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 39 60%
Unspecified 8 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 9%
Environmental Science 3 5%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 2 3%
Other 7 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 April 2019.
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#945,732
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#34
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#16,729
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Outputs of similar age from Transgenic Research
#1
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