Thursday, September 27, 2012

Secretive scientists

Dr. Mercola  in a detailed post 'First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study...' writes "The research was considered so "hot" that the work was done under strict secrecy. According to a French article in Le Nouvel Observateur,2 the researchers used encrypted emails, phone conversations were banned, and they even launched a decoy study to prevent sabotage!" This is about the same research discussed towards the end of the previous post. Russia has temporarily banned Mosanto's genetically modified corn and the French government is calling for a health agency investigation. The dubious tactics of the scientists may hopefully lead to long term studies of the effects of GM foods.

P.S. From Nature News Rat study sparks GM furore and Nature editorial.

P.P.S. (29th September) Another twist in tale; many science writers who wrote about the paper might not have read it. From The Guardian article 'Study Linking GM maize to cancer must be taken seriously by regulators' quotes a Camridge scientist:
""Like most of the GM debate, this work has very little to do with GM. The authors of the paper do not suggest that the effects are caused by genetic modification. They describe effects of the roundup herbicide itself and effects that they attribute to the activity of the enzyme introduced into the roundup resistant maize."
Update 30th September See also the post at Respectful Insolence.

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