Allergy free peanut

Scientists are working hard to create a peanut that's safe for people with nut allergies.

At North Carolina A&T State University they found a way to introduce a food grade enzyme to peanuts which reduces the allergens and one day could make it safe for everyone to consume, though they stress further research is needed.

Dr. Yu has been working on the project since 2005 and says an allergy free peanut could be a reality within three years.

"In the United States about 1 percent of population are allergic to peanuts, working on a project that has a potential to reduce peanut allergy is an honor and also it is important."

Accidental exposures account for 75 percent of allergic reactions.

In the UK a study is currently being undertaken to desensitize children to peanuts, via the daily exposure to limited amounts of allergen. First results appear promising, though scientists have stress that further large scale testing is required, and experimentation should not be undertaken in an uncontrolled environment.

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