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Re: natural protections + misleading

Dear Herve: 

I see now that I misuderstood your previous message.  I now 
understand that you are under the impression that the coding sequence 
(that is, the DNA), is the critical issue for  allergenicity of food.
 That's mistaken.  Allergies occur to the protein produced, not DNA. 
 In this regard, other than that Novartis' corn  uses a shortened 
version of the Bt gene (and protein), which leaves fewer sites on the 
protein to elicit allergies. The amino acid sequence, that is the 
protein, is the same as produced by the bacteria.  


> Date:           Mon, 14 Jun 1999 11:02:18 +0200 (MET DST)
> From:          Herve LE MEUR <>
> Reply-to:      Herve LE MEUR <>
> Subject:       natural protections + misleading
> To:  ,

> Hi Rick,
> My source was a non-scientific article from the magazine of CNRS (public 
> organism for scientific research).
> I would advise you to ask the authors for the scientific researchs.
> About me saying that you "mislead" people, I quote precisely :
> >>>Herve wrote:
> >>>I've learnt recently that the coding sequence inserted is not
> >>>exactly the very same as the one in the natural Bt (i've not
> >>>put quotes around natural !).
> >>
> Rick answered :
> >>Herve: The protein produced is exactly the same as by the bacteria ; that
> >>is, the amino acid sequence is exactly the same.
> Then I replied that there is no contradiction : the coding sequence may
> be different while the final result may be the very same.
> So, saying that the final product was the same, you did not answer the point 
> which dealt with the coding sequence. And the most important for
> allerginicity of food is (if I've well understood) the coding sequence
> because we eat it, and it seems different for Bt corn of Novartis, not
> for Monsanto, nor for the cotton.
> Am I right ?
> Yours
> P S: I recall the e-mail of the researchers (whom I do not know) :
> >
> > and
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