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Scotland's GM ban and the backlash from science

A group of scientific institutions in the UK and Europe have today sent an open letter to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, expressing dismay at Scotland’s proposal to ban GM crops in the country. Here’s the letter in full… 17th August 2015 Dear Mr Lochhead Your announcement that the […]

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Controversial Seralini paper retracted

He caused an uproar in science last year when he published a paper suggesting genetically modified maize and the RoundUp herbicide caused tumours in rats he used in his experiments. Now Gilles Seralini and colleagues have seen their paper in Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted  by publisher Elsevier because of concerns over the “number of animals […]

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Regulator rejects scientists' GM concerns

It has taken nearly two months, but Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has finally responded to criticisms of its regulation of GM foods after it was accused of “systemic neglect” in its regulatory regime by Canterbury University’s Professor Jack Heinemann. The response is well worth a read for Sciblogs regulars who have followed the […]

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Hatchet job on GM pine trees

Police are investigating a break in at a radiata pine field trial facility in Rotorua after hundreds of genetically-modified year-old trees were slashed and uprooted over Easter. The intruders were clever – they not only cut through perimeter fences but tunneled under a monitored security fence to get to the trees, which were planted about […]

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GM ruling quashed in Court of Appeal – now what?

The journal Nature features a report from Sydney-based New Zealander Branwen Morgan, looking at the implications of the New Zealand Court of Appeal move to quash an earlier High Court decision that saw Agresearch applications to undertake genetic modification research thrown out. I blogged on the Court of Appeal case in February heading the article: […]

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US to NZ: Get real about GM crops

It was fairly predictable that Dr Nina Fedoroff’s comments about genetic modification during her visit to New Zealand this week would raise the hackles of anti-GM group GE Free NZ. It was also ironic that Fedoroff, Hillary Clinton’s science and technology advisor, arrived just as GE Free New Zealand went back to court where Crown […]

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