Scientific fraud? DuPont study deliberately hid toxic effects of GMOs fed to rats
by: David Gutierrez
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A pair of studies recently published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) reveals the double standard used in evaluating the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods, says Claire Robinson, in a July 11 editorial on the website GM Watch.
Editorial double standard
In November 2013, FCT editor A. Wallace Hayes forcibly retracted a study led by researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini. The long-term study had found organ damage, hormone disruption and increased tumor and mortality rates in rats fed NK603 “Roundup Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) GM corn contaminated with glyphosate levels ruled safe by regulators. In retracting the paper, Hayes called the findings “inconclusive,” because not enough rats were studied and because the variety of rat used (Sprague-Dawley) was particularly prone to tumors.
Researchers worldwide mocked “inconclusiveness” as a rationale for retracting a paper. Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, noted that this criterion would have forced the retraction of the two famous papers in which James Watson and Francis Crick described the structure and replication mechanism of DNA; it was later research that eventually rendered their findings conclusive.