Farmworkers exposed to herbicides in Soybean cultivation suffer DNA damage. Risk for DNA damage with herbicide resistant GMOS.

A recently published study by the University of Brazil defines the extent of DNA damage suffered by farmworkers exposed to the daily applications of , herbicides and .   A total of 127 individuals, 81 exposed and 46 non-exposed controls, were evaluated. and BMCyt (micronuclei and nuclear buds) data revealed DNA damage and  in soybean workers.  Higher concentrations of Mg, Al, Si, P, S, and were observed in cells from workers. No associations with use of personal protective equipment, gender, or mode of application of pesticides were observed.

This study once again raises the issue of DNA toxicity associated with the of resistant genetically modifed . is the leading producer of herbicides, including glyphopshate, and genetically modified resistant to herbicides.

Source

Genetic damage in soybean workers exposed to pesticides: Evaluation with the comet and buccal micronucleus cytome assays. Danieli Benedetti, Emilene Nunes, Merielen Sarmento, Carem Porto, Carla Eliete Iochims dos Santos, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Juliana da Sil. Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis Volume 752, Issues 1–2, 15 April 2013, Pages 28–33.

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