The journal Food and Chemical Toxicology withdrew the controversial article on the negative effects of GMOs, which it published in November last year. It was realized by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Séralini, highlighting the onset of tumors in a group of mice fed with Monsanto GM corn and exposed to the herbicide Roundup based on glyphosate, produced by the same multinational.
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La rivista Food and Chemical Toxicology withdrew the controversial article on the negative effects of GMOs, which he had published in November last year. It was created by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Séralini, highlighting theonset of tumors in a group of mice fed Monsanto GM corn and exposed to the herbicide Roundup based on glyphosate, produced by the same multinational.
The disputes were very strong right from the start. The detractors argued, in fact, that the guinea pigs used in the experiment were constitutionally weak, and therefore more exposed to diseases than others. The French scientist has always defended himself by saying that he used the same mice chosen by Monsanto to test and ensure the safety of its GMO products.
Even the withdrawal by the magazine, which comes after the numerous letters received by the editors to express concerns about the validity of the results the proper use of animals and even accusations of fraud follow this line. The editorial board, in fact, after having examined all aspects of the peer-review process, asked for permission to examine the raw data and concluded that both the number of animals in each study group and the particular strain selected were of concern.
“The low number of animals was identified as a cause for concern during the initial review process, but the peer-review decision determined that the work still had merit, despite this limitation. A closer look at the raw data revealed that no firm conclusions can be reached with this small sample size regarding the role of NK603 or glyphosate with regard to general mortality or tumor incidence ", writes magazine.
In Séralini's opinion, however, this is not the case. He says it himself, remembering the personal pressures he has been subjected to, from the pages of the French newspaper Le Monde: the suspicion is that it is only the results of pressure from Monsanto itself. The French researcher cites, for example, the arrival on the editorial board of the journal, in early 2013, of toxicologist Richard Goodman, a professor at the University of Nebraska (USA) and a former employee of Monsanto. And, frankly, beyond the validity of his method based on an animal model, it is not difficult to hypothesize that there is indeed a hand of one of the strongest multinationals in the world.
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