Genetic engineers on the offensive
GENETIC scientists have launched a counter-offensive in the battle over genetically-modified (GM) crops in science journal Nature,
Five scientists protest against a claim that genetically altered crops could not be regarded as safe until they had passed the toxicity tests used for new drugs.
They make the attack in response to an article by a research team from the University of Sussex in the previous weeks issue.
That group had claimed the idea that GM plants would be chemically the same as conventionally bred plants was “pseudo-scientific”.
There had been too few tests on Monsantos herbicide-resistant soya-bean, they believed.
They argued that the combination of a newly introduced gene and herbicide spray could have made the GM plant toxic.
The five scientists dismiss these views as “ill-informed”, “bizarre” and a “mish-mash of old-hat sociology and poor science”.
- GM trials `not tough enough, FWi, 09 September 1999
- GM food `safer than coffee, FWi, 08 July 1999
- The Guardian 14/10/99 page 9