A study has been published demonstrating the negative effects of GMOs on the intestinal tract, this is yet another big blow to the GM proponents who constantly emphasize that science has demonstrated GMOs are safe.
Ibrahim and Okasha conducted the study which was entitled ‘’Effects of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of dult male albino rat.,’’ the two published the study in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology. The study clearly demonstrates that rats fed with GM Bt corn MON810 over a duration of 90 days caused serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum.
The rats were fed with the MON810: Ajeeb YG corn. The corn is a GM version of Ajeed that’s locally grown in Egypt, it was created by Monsanto for the market in Egypt. Thirty percent of the diet that was fed to the rats who were fed the GM corn consisted of the MON10 corn.
The study observed that the rats that were fed GM corn had damages in the villi, the villi are finger-like structures in the intestine that absorb nutrients. They were both flattened and distorted and some cells joined together. The study includes photographs and images of the damage caused. The rats also showed signs of inflammation around the areas that were damaged since the white blood cells were infiltrated. There was also congestion of blood vessels and mucosal glands disturbance. The mucosal cells were also shed at an increased level.
The GM-fed rats had obvious damage that the researchers concluded that the consumption of GM-corn alters the jejunal mucosa structure. However, the researchers called for more research to be conducted in a bid to determine how the GM corn caused the intestinal damage. The researchers suppose that the Bt toxin caused the direct damage while bacteria disruption caused the indirect damage. The findings of this study are extremely important in that they prove that GM MON810 causes intestinal damage.