It’s back. A controversial study purporting to show that genetically modified food causes health problems was republished this week in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe (DOI: 10.1186/s12302-014-0014-5). It was retracted last year by Food and Chemical Toxicology, which published it in 2012.
The research by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen in France, claims that rats fed the modified maize suffered kidney, liver and pituitary problems. But the original was slated by toxicologists for its poor use of statistics, and the republished study has received just as much criticism.
Here’s what New Scientist‘s Debora MacKenzie wrote back in 2012 when the study was first published.
Today, researchers led by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen in France announced evidence for a raft of health problems in rats fed maize that has been modified to be resistant to the herbicide Roundup. They also found similar health problems in rats fed the herbicide itself.
Are the findings reliable?
There is little to suggest they are….