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To GM or not to GM? Another look at the data...

A recently circulated paper by Vendomois et al takes an independent look at data from food trials of genetically modified (GM) corn on rats. The data was originally obtained in studies conducted by Monsanto as part of the application for market approval of these GMOs. I'd like to highlight a few points here. But first, some introduction.

The original data stems from a trial where a population of rats was fed different kinds of GM corn over a period of 90 days. The GM crops in question were Monsanto's NK 603, MON 810 and MON 863.

NK 603 is one of the Roundup Ready crops. Roundup Ready crops are genetically engineered to withstand large doses of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup. The idea is that fields can be sprayed with Roundup, the genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops survive, and all the weeds around it die. Let it be mentioned here that this approach has drawbacks all its own, as weeds have started to develop a resistance to Roundup over the years, which led to ever in…