More on Dr Pusztai's research
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Does anyone have any comments on the suggestion
made in this article below?
Independent 16 Feb 99
Expert discredits GM
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
CLAIMS that genetically
modified potatoes damaged the
health of rats have
been savaged by a
scientist who took part in the
John Gatehouse, a reader in
biological sciences at Durham
the effects allegedly
observed by Arpad Pusztai of the
certainly have nothing to do with genetic
supporters said experiments in which he fed GM
potatoes to rats
the act of genetic modification, rather than toxins
suppression and stunted growth.
Dr Gatehouse, one of three leaders of the
he had spoken out because of
irresponsible press reports.
If any rats became ill it was probably because
build-up of natural toxins
in the potatoes as a result of the
plants being grown from
"There might be a
scientific explanation for what Dr
Pusztai has observed but
it is not
necessarily to do with genetic modification."
An effect of culturing
plants from tissue, which was how
the potatoes in the
grown, is that they regenerate with high
levels of natural
can stunt the growth of laboratory animals.
in toxins but can be made more poisonous by
growing the plants
tissue cultures. "It is an old effect and well known,"