An extremely controversial paper that made waves in the media over a year ago has FINALLY been retracted because it’s a piece of crap.
We covered the story in three pieces from September to November of 2012. The paper was universally panned as terrible science that did not support the conclusions which were obviously biased against genetically modified foods. Problems with study methodology, statistics, reporting, bias/conflict of interest and mechanism were been raised. It should not have been approved for publication in the first place.
Bowing to scientists’ near-universal scorn, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology today fulfilled its threat to retract a controversial paper that claimed that a genetically modified (GM) maize causes serious disease in rats after the authors refused to withdraw it.
The paper, from a research group led by Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen, France, and published in 2012, showed “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data”, said a statement from Elsevier, which publishes the journal. But the small number and type of animals used in the study means that “no definitive conclusions can be reached”. The known high incidence of tumours in the Sprague-Dawley rat ”cannot be excluded as the cause of the higher mortality and incidence observed in the treated groups”, it added.
The study found that rats fed for two years with Monsanto’s glysphosate-resistant NK 603 corn developed many more tumours and died earlier than controls. It also found that the rats developed tumours when glyphosate was added to their drinking water.
The co-author and medical doctor Joël Spiroux, who is president of the Paris-based Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN), calls the retraction is “a public-health scandal”. No, that was what YOU want GM maize to be, but it’s not. The data is NOT THERE and your one poorly done study deserved to be thrown out.
As Ivan notes, there is a lot to chew on here.