The media is full with recent news that many people suffer from serious genetic damages due to the exposure to GMO soy and other products. A study conducted in the beginning of the year showed that even our children might experience some difficulties as the children living near the GM soy fields in Argentina.
The researches from the National University of Río Cuarto, Cordoba (UNRC) came to this conclusion after comparing children from the notorious fields in Argentina with children from city in Cordoba which was not exposed to GM soy fields.
They discovered that children living in the area where GM soy is grown have 44% higher damage on their organism than the other group. The researchers say that this is because these children were exposed to dangerous pesticides from the fields.
The exposed children had symptoms such as repetitive sneezing, respiratory distress, cough, bronchospasm, skin itching or stains, nose itching or bleeding, lacrimation, and eye and ear burning or itching. On the other hand, none of the children who had not been exposed to GMO had any of the symptoms.
The researchers also tried to establish some markers which will show them how this damages effect everyday life of the children and whether this damage will continue in the future.
Delia Aiassa, the leader of this project, specifically wanted to study children because their genes develop and change all the time and a genetic change such as this may predict the future health condition of children. The damage observed in the exposed group of children is divided as following:
– Cytogenetic damage (damage to the structure and function of the cell, especially chromosomes).
– Increased frequency of DNA damage to chromosomes in childhood that is predictive of the development of cancer in adults.
Summing up the study:
The results from the study confirm that there is a serious damage in children living less than 500 m from the area where GM soy fields are. 40% from these children have some persistent symptoms or condition which is associated with some chronic disease.
Conclusion: The results from this study show that genotoxicity is present in children and stress out the importance of micronucleus assay in buccal mucosa cells for genetic biomonitoring and public health surveillance. This assay may detect the level of damage that can be reversible.