13 October 1999
Testing times in the GM debate

TWO leading journals, Nature and The Lancet, have come under fire for slipshod contributions to the debate over genetically modified (GM) food, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Scientists have attacked an article in Nature which itself is critical of the concept of “substantial equivalence” – that GM foods are so close genetically to traditional varieties that there is no need to test them.

Another group of scientists has criticised The Lancet for publishing the potato research of Dr Arpad Pusztai. They criticise both Pusztais work and the journals decision to publish it without comment.

Dr Pusztais work, which suggested a potential link between GM food and health problems, started off the current concerns about GM food in the UK and elsewhere.