A major new study … has found no evidence that genetic material from the food we eat is absorbed via the intestine into the bloodstream from where it has the ability to change the body’s functions.
[The study] tried to validate the conclusion from several controversial studies which in recent years have put forward the hypothesis that genetic material from food can be absorbed in the body of the person who eats the food.
”The study shows that genetic material from our food is not absorbed into our bodies. If it were possible to influence the body’s functions through microRNA from the food we eat, it would potentially make it possible to develop tablet-based RNA-pharmaceuticals that contain microRNA,” postdoc Claus Heiner Bang-Berthelsen from the National Food Institute says.
Both the analysis and the results of the animal study indicate that when foreign microRNA is found in samples that have been isolated from human blood it is most likely because the tests have been contaminated with animal or plant material, which has been present in the laboratory.
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