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GM genes find their way into the human gut

(July 17, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- British researchers have found genetically modified crop DNA in the human gut, which raisers some health issues, according to a story in The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/gmdebate/Story/0,2763,756666,00.html)

"Although the genetically modified material in most GM foods poses no health problems, many of the controversial crops have antibiotic-resistant marker genes inserted into them at an early stage in development," writes Guardian reporter John Vidal. "If genetic material from these marker genes can also find its way into the human stomach, as experiments at Newcastle university suggest is likely, then people's resistance to widely used antibiotics could be compromised."