By Sola Ogundipe
A NEW report issued by the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA, has uncovered that most Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, in commercial use today contain a hidden viral gene known as “Gene VI”, that appears unsafe for human consumption.
A publication in Natural News says the report, entitled: Possible consequences of the overlap between the CaMV 35S promoter regions in plant transformation vectors used and the viral gene VI in transgenic plants, highlights that fact that 54 of the 86 GMO traits currently approved for use, or roughly 63 percent, contain the strange viral gene that researchers have found alters the normal function of crops.
It was gathered that this alteration is present in most of the widely-grown GMOs in commercial use today, including common corn and soybean varieties. Researchers say the strange gene can induce unintended phenotypic changes, which can involve serious physical and biochemical mutations, in organisms.
Based on earlier research involving the link between viral genes and plant and human health, the new discovery raises serious concerns about the safety of many GMOs in commercial production today.
Since the inherent purpose of viral genes is to disable the host in order to allow for pathogenic invasion, their presence in the GMO-ridden food supply represents a serious threat to both plant and human health.
There have been claims that GMOs are virtually identical to natural organisms, and that there is no structural or functional difference between GMOs and natural crops in the way they are processed by the human body.
However, the presence of Gene VI in the vast majority of GMOs raises new posers.
The argument is that since natural crops do not possess Gene VI, they are not susceptible to the same viral infections as are GMOs that contain it.
Analysis of the function of Gene VI, show that the genetic defect not only facilitates the assembly of potentially deadly viruses in plant tissue, but it also suppresses natural anti-pathogenic defenses, making crops, and potentially the humans that eat them, more susceptible to disease.
The finding is that the entire genetic sequence of a plant can mutate as a consequence of Gene VI, resulting in random protein production within plant cells, indiscriminate gene expression throughout the organism, and even growth deformities.
Although scientists have known about the presence of similar viral genes in GMOs for years, they have never pinpointed exactly how these genes and the massive genetic changes they induce affect human health.
And approval of viral gene-containing GMOs for commercial use have never required that proper safety tests be conducted to identify any potential health threats..