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Scientists Go Nuts

posted on July 25, 2003

No ifs, ands or buts, if you're allergic to nuts.

Government scientists are bringing hope to peanut-sensitive consumers by developing a form of hypoallergenic peanut.

Researchers have found a peanut variety lacking one of the peanut allergens. If their search turns up another allergen-free variety, scientists say they can crossbreed them to produce a safer nut.

Researchers are screening more than 300 peanut varieties before developing antibodies against the three main peanut allergens. It's estimated some 1.5-million Americans suffer allergic reactions to peanuts.

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