Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini is famous or notorious depending on your point of view. He’s a French scientist researching pesticides and GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops.
For a few months by now, I’ve been gestating a blog post about the controversy called the ‘Séralini affair’. Now I’m glad that I didn’t finish that post because things have changed. A research paper was published in 2012, retracted (withdrawn) in 2013 and republished in 2014. Here it is.
In November 2012 Prof Séralini and his team reported a feeding trial in which rats (Rattus norvegicus) got tumours and high mortality after eating a GM maize (corn, Zea mays) called NK603 from Monsanto and the weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) which maize NK603 had been engineered to resist. Different groups of rats ate maize NK603 grown with or without Roundup, or Roundup itself.
A year after Food and Chemical Toxicology…
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