Transgenic Research

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 255–267

Plurality of opinion, scientific discourse and pseudoscience: an in depth analysis of the Séralini et al. study claiming that Roundup™ Ready corn or the herbicide Roundup™ cause cancer in rats

Authors

  • Gemma Arjó
    • Departament de MedicinaUniversitat de Lleida-Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)
  • Manuel Portero
    • Departament de Medicina ExperimentalUniversitat de Lleida-Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)
  • Carme Piñol
    • Departament de MedicinaUniversitat de Lleida-Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)
  • Juan Viñas
    • Departament de CirurgiaUniversitat de Lleida-Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)
    • Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova
  • Xavier Matias-Guiu
    • Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova
    • Departament de Ciències Mèdiques BàsiquesUniversitat de Lleida-Institut de Recerca Biomèdica de Lleida (IRBLleida)
  • Teresa Capell
    • Departament de Producció Vegetal i Ciència ForestalUniversitat de Lleida-Agrotecnio Center
  • Andrew Bartholomaeus
    • School of PharmacyUniversity of Canberra
    • Therapeutic Research Unit, School of MedicineUniversity of Queensland
  • Wayne Parrott
    • Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and GenomicsUniversity of Georgia
    • Departament de Producció Vegetal i Ciència ForestalUniversitat de Lleida-Agrotecnio Center
    • Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats
Perspective

DOI: 10.1007/s11248-013-9692-9

Cite this article as:
Arjó, G., Portero, M., Piñol, C. et al. Transgenic Res (2013) 22: 255. doi:10.1007/s11248-013-9692-9

Abstract

A recent paper published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology presents the results of a long-term toxicity study related to a widely-used commercial herbicide (Roundup™) and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified variety of maize, concluding that both the herbicide and the maize varieties are toxic. Here we discuss the many errors and inaccuracies in the published article resulting in highly misleading conclusions, whose publication in the scientific literature and in the wider media has caused damage to the credibility of science and researchers in the field. We and many others have criticized the study, and in particular the manner in which the experiments were planned, implemented, analyzed, interpreted and communicated. The study appeared to sweep aside all known benchmarks of scientific good practice and, more importantly, to ignore the minimal standards of scientific and ethical conduct in particular concerning the humane treatment of experimental animals.

Keywords

Safety assessmentGM cropsToxicityGM maize

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