GMO tomato helps fight heart disease

03/20/2013 12:54:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

University of California, Los Angeles, researchers have used genetic engineering to develop a tomato containing amino acids that mimic the actions of good cholesterol when consumed.

An early study found that mice fed these freeze-dried tomatoes had less inflammation and plaque build-up in their arteries, according to a news release.

After the tomatoes are eaten, the amino acid group—known as an apoA-1 peptide—was active in the small intestine but not in the blood.

This suggested to researchers that focusing on the small intestine may be a new strategy to prevent atherosclerosis, which causes plaque build-up in arteries and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

The peptide would be considered a drug if given as an injection or in a pill form. But when included as part of a plant, fruit or vegetable, it is no different than the same organism that hasn't been transformed.

Their findings were published in the April issue of the Journal of Lipid Research.

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WA  |  March, 20, 2013 at 05:30 PM

Well, doesn't this soundlike a night mare waiting to happen! What happens when a child with out atherosclerosis eats that tomato!

Illinois  |  March, 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM

They will enjoy the benefits of a good tasting tomato.

Montana  |  March, 22, 2013 at 09:50 AM

I hope they're breeding them square also, get more in the box.

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