Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2012        Go!    
 
 
March 27, Monday 2017 12:07 PM       

       HEADLINES: Four of family found dead                                              Stationary shop near journo's house attacked, owner injured                                              12 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy                                              Will break limbs of those who kill cows: BJP MLA                                              Two nurses suspended                                              India doesn't impose its views on anyone: PM                                              Senior Al-Qaeda leader behind 2009 attack on Lankan cricket team killed                                              One killed, 13 injured in US nightclub shooting                                              Modi among Time magazine probable for most influential people                                              5 terrorists killed, 16 arrested in army raids in Egypt                                              India finishes 248/6 on Day 2                                              FIFA praises infrastructure at IG Stadium                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       SCI&TECH Next Article: Our planet is singing!  
       GM foods: The carcinogenic perspective
 
         Posted on :12:20:48 Sep 20, 2012
   
A A
       Last edited on:12:20:48 Sep 20, 2012
         Tags: gmf,cancer
 

PARIS: A study conducted by Caen University in France published that rats fed a lifelong diet of one of the bestselling strains of genetically modified corn suffered tumours and multiple organ damage.

Scientists said the results raised serious questions about the safety of GM foods and the assurances offered by biotech companies and governments.

The study – led by molecular biologist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, a critic of GM technology, and published yesterday in US journal Food and Chemical Toxicology – said the GM corn and Roundup weedkiller ‘may cause hormonal disturbances in the same biochemical and physiological pathway’.

The corn was genetically modified to withstand spraying with glyphosate, the main chemical in the weedkiller Roundup, developed by Monsanto.

The idea is that the corn can be sprayed without being damaged, while weeds are destroyed.

The tests looked at the impact of several scenarios including eating the GM corn (NK603), eating the GM corn sprayed with Roundup, and consuming Roundup at low doses in water.

The results were compared against those for a control group fed a ‘clean’ diet without GM or Roundup.

The researchers found that 50 to 80 per cent of female rats developed large tumours by the beginning of the 24th month, with up to three tumours per animal when only 30 per cent of the control rats developed tumours.

Up to 70 per cent of females died prematurely compared with only 20 per cent in the control group. Tumours in rats of both sexes fed the GM corn were two to three times larger than in the control group.

The large tumours appeared in females after seven months, compared to 14 months in the control group.

 The team said the tumours were ‘deleterious to health due to a very large size’, making it difficult for the rats to breathe and causing digestive problems.

Significantly, the majority of tumours were detectable only after 18 months – meaning they could be discovered only in long-term feeding trials.

A A
       SCI&TECH
Next Article: Our planet is singing!
 
 
SCI&TECH HEADLINES
Trump plans to send humans to Mars  
First patient cured of rare blood disorder'  
Indian-American teen wins top science award worth USD 250,000  
'New extension may improve inflight WiFi'  
Frogs can see colour in extreme darkness: study  
NASA may put astronauts on deep space test flight  
Juno to remain in current orbit around Jupiter: NASA  
US man receives new face from donor  
Over 100 new potential planets spotted  
ISRO to launch record 104 satellites on Feb 15  
Now, video-makers can live stream on YouTube  
Music, drugs stimulate same part of brain: study  
Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis  
Moon may have formed from collision of tiny 'moonlets'  
China to set up world's highest altitude telescopes in Tibet  
NASA to launch two robotic probes to study early solar system  
After Mars, ISRO eyes Venus and Jupiter  
New, rare galaxy spotted over 359 mln light-years away  
Coconut sized tumor removed from Iraqi woman's head  
Bacteria-powered battery built on single sheet of paper  
'Human-made objects on Earth amount to 30 trillion tonnes'  
Element 117 officially named 'Tennessine'  
Predatory bacteria may wipe out 'superbugs': study  
New potent vaccine may spell end for HIV  
Water exists deeper in Earth than thought: study  
 
Do you support the choice of Yogi as UP chief minister?
yes
 
no
 
don't know
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy