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

Arjo, Gemma, Portero, Manuel, Pinol, Carme, Vinas, Juan, Matias-Guiu, Xavier, Capell, Teresa, Bartholomaeus, Andrew, Parrott, Wayne and Christou, Paul (2013) Plurality of opinion, scientific discourse and pseudoscience: an in depth analysis of the Seralini et al. study claiming that Roundup (TM) Ready corn or the herbicide Roundup (TM) cause cancer in rats. Transgenic Research, 22 2: 255-267. doi:10.1007/s11248-013-9692-9


Author Arjo, Gemma
Portero, Manuel
Pinol, Carme
Vinas, Juan
Matias-Guiu, Xavier
Capell, Teresa
Bartholomaeus, Andrew
Parrott, Wayne
Christou, Paul
Title Plurality of opinion, scientific discourse and pseudoscience: an in depth analysis of the Seralini et al. study claiming that Roundup (TM) Ready corn or the herbicide Roundup (TM) cause cancer in rats
Journal name Transgenic Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8819
1573-9368
Publication date 2013-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11248-013-9692-9
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 255
End page 267
Total pages 13
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
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.
Keyword Safety assessment
GM crops
Toxicity
GM maize
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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