A new study could potentially poke holes in the pro-GMO argument. A group of researchers at the National Research Center in Egypt has just published a study that looks at the biological impact of feeding rats a GMO-based diet, and compares the health of their vital organs with those of rats who are fed a non-GMO-based diet. The results are not pretty, and the GMO-based diet over the course of 30-, 60-, and 90-day periods seemingly “caused significant histopathological, biochemical, and cytogenetic changes in all examined tissues.”
Some of the results of the study included:
-Feeding rats the GM diet for 30 days caused slight damage to the liver tissue.
- Rats fed GM Bt maize over three generations suffered noticeable damage to the liver and kidneys and alterations in blood biochemistry.
-A marked increase in the levels of serum AST and ALT was observed in rats fed the GM diet for 30, 60, or 90 days. Increased levels of these two transferases are known to be an indicator of liver damage.
-The GMO diet also was associated with an increased ratio of DNA fragmentation in the liver cells when compared with the control group.
Researchers concluded that, “there are health hazards linked to the ingestion of diets containing genetically modified components.”