by Melissa Diane Smith
The widely circulated study linking genetically modified corn to an increased rate of organ damage, tumors, and premature death in lab rats, about which I and many others have written and spoken, has been officially retracted by the journal that published it. A retraction of a study in a journal rarely happens and, when it does, it normally indicates there was some type of fraud or misrepresentation of data by the authors. In this case, the publishers explained that the authors had not committed any mistakes or deliberate deception, just that the results do not reach the threshold of publication for Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT).
So, is there more to know about the retraction? Yes, this important detail: The study was retracted from FCT less than a year after the journal appointed Richard E. Goodman, an ex-employee of genetically modified seed giant Monsanto, as the editor tasked with reviewing its biotechnology papers. The study that was retracted evaluated the effects of Monsanto’s patented corn NK603 and its patented herbicide Roundup.