Controversial study linking GM corn to tumor risk in rats retracted

Last Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 19:23

Washington: The publisher of the study that linked genetically modified food, in this case corn, to tumor risk in rats has decided to retract the controversial study as it failed to draw definitive conclusions.

According to the publisher, Elsevier, the retraction comes after a thorough analysis of the article, which was published in 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, and the data it reports, along with an investigation into the peer-review behind the article, CBS News reported.

Elsevier said in a statement that while the results of the study, which was led by biologist Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini of Caen University in France, were not incorrect, they were inconclusive.

Study`s researchers claimed that rats were supposedly more likely to develop large tumors and die early after eating genetically modified maize, whether or not it was treated with a weed killer.

While, Seralini branded the criticism of his work "unacceptable," Joel Spiroux, president of the France-based Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering, which collaborated on the study, called the retraction "a public-health scandal".


First Published: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 19:23

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