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Séralini’s rat-feeding trial (part 5)

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini is a French scientist researching pesticides and GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, GE) crops. A research paper from his team was published in 2012, retracted (withdrawn) in 2013 and republished in 2014. Here it is. This is … Continue reading

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The Séralini affair: weedkiller and a GM crop

Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini is famous or notorious depending on your point of view. He’s a French scientist researching pesticides and GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops. For a few months by now, I’ve been gestating a blog post about the … Continue reading

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Save Britain’s Barn Owls

Originally posted on Green Living London:
A petition has been launched to save Britain’s Barn Owls, which are dying off in their thousands. The changing climate and a loss in their natural habitat is part of the picture, but these iconic…

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Toxic pesticides

Gilles-Eric Séralini is famous for publishing controversial evidence that lab rats (Rattus norvegicus) got tumours after they ate genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) maize (corn, Zea mays). Prof Séralini’s website explains that the maize was a Roundup Ready crop called … Continue reading

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Has the red kite become a pest?

Here in Britain the red kite (Milvus milvus) was hunted almost to extinction. In the 16th century it was classed as vermin, supposedly a threat to agriculture. A few centuries later, along came gamekeepers whose job was (and still is) … Continue reading

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8 Reasons GMOs are Bad for You

Originally posted on Agriculture Information Bank:
Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something that would not be found in nature. A large percentage of domestic crops (up to…

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The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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Don’t believe everything you read

Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham at Earth Open Source (EOS) advise us to beware of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). Each of those organisations is proudly not for profit. According to Drs Robinson and Latham, ‘The life science industry… … Continue reading

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Rat poison ban could mean pest outbreak

Everywhere that people live in buildings, rats live too. In many places, including here in Britain, the most common kind of rat is the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus). In different settings the rat is a charming pet (sometimes bred in … Continue reading

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Uncovering the hidden mutations in developmental disorders

argylesock says… My science blog isn’t usually about genetics, but I’m reblogging this post. Recently we talked about bans on using animals to test cosmetics and I agreed that the ban should be worldwide. But there’s good science going on, … Continue reading

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