In a recent research, it has been claimed that soon there could be some sort of cure for patients who suffer from abrupt reactions to eggwhite. Though the eggs are told to be healthy, four of the proteins found in Egg White could cause anaphylactic reactions.
The study was done in collaboration between Deakin University, CSIRO and the Poultry Co-operative Research Centre. It has been cleared that there is no genetically modified chickens, but researchers would be trying to modify proteins within the egg whites so that chickens can lay allergy-free eggs.
In response to the same, said Associate Professor Cenk Suphioglu from Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences, said: “This is a completely novel approach in that previous egg-allergy research has cloned the eggwhite-allergen genes but no-one has gone as far as to make the proteins non-allergenic”.
Instead of modifying the DNA of the chickens, only modification would be made in the proteins in the eggs, which makes the study all the more unique in its manner. The benefits attached with modified eggs could be felt by other countries too. While those who suffer from eggwhites allergy cannot be given any standard flu vaccine, as it is found to have eggwhite.
Mentioning about the gravity of the allergy, CSIRO Adjunct Professor Tim Doran, who has an anaphylactic child, said that the overall impact of this kind of allergy could be felt by the family.
There are expectations that this research could change the future course of all those who are battling with egg white allergy. It was confirmed that it would take some three years for the study to conclude, while allergy-free vaccines can be seen in markets in the next five years and allergy-free eggs can be made available within five to 10 years.
While the research has been getting the attention of one and all, there is need that this study is further taken up so that conclusive results can be made to be used in the clinical applications.