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Marion Nestle: Food and Chemical Toxicology bungled Séralini paper retraction

| | December 4, 2013
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The editors of the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology are at fault in the controversy involving the retraction of Gilles-Éric Séralini’s paper that allegedly showed that GM corn caused cancerous tumor growth in rats, says Marion Nestle, New York University professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health and author of Food Politics.

The Editor in Chief of the journal justified the retraction by only saying that the results of the paper were “inconclusive” because of the small sample sizes and the lack of statistical data to provide evidence that the incidences of tumor growth were not coincidental.

For this reason, Nestle writes, the journal editors should admit that they should have not accepted the paper in the first place and that their peer-review and editorial processes are “deeply flawed.” The editors should also call on the scientific community to reproduce Séralini’s experiments. Nestle notes that Séralini may sue the journal, according to an article in Forbes by the Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine .

Read the full, original story here: What’s up with the retraction of the Séralini feeding-GMO-corn-to-rats study?

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