Fantastically Flawed Science Study Is Retracted, WND Screams Conspiracy

Posted: December 16, 2013 in conspiracy, science
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The year was last year, the month was four ago. In the September 19, 2012 issue of the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, there appeared an almost universally (amongst the science community) study that claimed to show that genetically modified corn, when fed to rats, substantially increased the rate of tumor growth and death. The article was led by Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini of the Caen University in France. While I’m versed enough to go through the article’s many problems, I think it sufficient for purposes here to simply link to one of the many critiques of it, such as Orac’s post over at ScienceBlogs’ Respectful Insolence.

Now, or, a few weeks ago, at the end of November 2013, the publisher of the journal (Elsevier) has formally retracted the article. The official reason for the retraction is because of “concerns with the research methodology” (to quote WND’s quote of CBS News). To me, it sounds like trying to save face after the outraged bloggery about it has died down. WND headlined it, “Journal Retracts GM-Corn Study.”

And, WND commenters are of course blaming the industry rather than admitting that it’s flawed science. Let me get this out of the way first: I don’t care if you don’t want genetically modified food. And there are potentially valid reasons to argue against it. But don’t use crap studies and conspiratorial claims to do so. It just makes you look stupid. You’re not arguing on the science or economics of the issue, you’re arguing on the emotion and your own misunderstandings of how things work.

With that out of the way, the top-rated comment by the quite racist name “gardeninggal1” (unless I’m missing something), is the simple, short, three-word comment, “Monsanto hiding facts?” Several of the 12 comments are similar.

Somehow, however, “SBaker2” got 2 up-votes and 0 down-votes with this: “I read the original critique of this falsified data written by a top Russian scientist. These so-called French scientists were shredded by any scientist with a modicum of biostatistics and study design. The anti-tech lawyers are raking millions out of ignorant donors and legal fees used to fight science based food technology. Ted Ted Kaczynski led the charge.”

  1. Roz says:

    I should be happy SBaker2’s response, but it seems to have the harsh style of ‘listen to me, I know what is really going on’ to it. Maybe I’m not as thick-skinned as what is need to exist at the WND. Glad you go there for us.

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