Scientists are creating an apple that can be eaten by people who are allergic to the fruit

26.03.2013

The Daily Mail

Published 25 March by Fiona Keating

An agricultural research group is creating a hypoallergenic apple by substituting natural proteins for those which don't cause an allergic reaction.

Apples are not usually associated with allergies. However, 75 per cent of people suffering from an allergy to birch pollen are also allergic to apples. 
Those sensitive to the fruit can still experience unpleasant irritation and blistering of the tongue and lips.
 
Experts including molecular biologists, plant physiologists and allergy specialists are genetically mapping out the apple and swapping irritant proteins for hypoallergenic versions found elsewhere in nature.