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Famous chemist Bruce Ames a chemical ‘industry apologist,’ anti-GMO group claims

[The] Ames test …. is literally textbook science that is taught to students all over the world. …. It was designed to assess how mutagenic (and therefore, potentially carcinogenic) a chemical might be.

In the Ames test, [the] natural background rate of mutation is compared to what happens in the presence of a specific chemical. If the chemical is a mutagen, it will increase the rate of mutation; if it is not, the mutation rate will not change. And it’s easy to see if a chemical is a mutagen: More bacteria will grow.

The inventor, biochemist Bruce Ames …. is a world-famous and award-winning scientist who helped lay the groundwork for modern carcinogenicity studies. As a result, he is one of the most cited scientists in the world ….

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GMO Free USA Attacks Bruce Ames

None of that matters to the anti-GMO crowd, however. A man who is internationally lauded for his contributions to science is entirely written off. “We aren’t impressed by industry apologists,” GMO Free USA said.

Industry apologist? What did Dr. Ames do to deserve that smear? …. He once wrote a paper underscoring this: 99.99% of the pesticides we eat are made by the plants themselves. For the crime of using evidence-based science …. he’s been painted as a villain by the anti-GMO movement.

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