Researchers Make Progress in Developing Allergy-Free Peanuts

Peanut allergies are on the rise and can be deadly, but researchers at UNC and NC A&T are working toward a solution.

Researchers Make Progress in Developing Allergy-Free Peanuts click to enlarge Michelle L. Hernandez, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Medical Director, N.C. Children’s Allergy & Asthma Center

RALEIGH  (WNCN) — Peanut allergies can be deadly and the number of people who are plagued by allergies is on the rise, but scientists in North Carolina are working to make peanuts safe for everyone.

Scientists at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro believe they have found a way to make allergy-free peanuts .

“In that study the folks at A&T had treated the peanuts with a certain process to try to reduce the major peanut proteins,” said Michelle Hernandez, associate professor of pediatrics at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Pediatrics Division of Allergy and Immunology.

Hernandez is one of the researchers at UNC Chapel Hill testing the groundbreaking new nuts. She says they started out the process by doing skin testing. Read more and view the video at WNCN >>