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– In Memory of Spock: Live Long and Prosper; Is He or Isn’t He? Fish Tomatoes, Hand Transplants, Sci-Fi vs. Reality (Global Economic Trend Analysis, Feb 28, 2015):
One of my favorite characters in TV history was Star Trek’s “Spock”. Yesterday, Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Died at 83.
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
– Reactions to Republication of Landmark Seralini GMO Study (Sustainable Pulse, June 24, 2014):
Sustainable Pulse welcomes the republication of the Séralini et al. study on the “Long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” by Environmental Sciences Europe.
Find all the details regarding the republication here.
We will include reactions from organizations and experts to the republication below:
– Republication of the Séralini study: Science speaks for itself (GMOSeralini, June 24, 2014):
GMOSeralini.org welcomes the news of the republication of the chronic toxicity study on the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto’s NK603, led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini. The republication restores the study to the peer-reviewed literature so that it can be consulted and built upon by other scientists.
The study found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU. Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups.
The study was first published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012 but was retracted by the editor-in-chief in November 2013 after a sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GMO scientists.
Now the study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe. The republished version contains extra material addressing criticisms of the original publication. The raw data underlying the study’s findings are also published – unlike the raw data for the industry studies that underlie regulatory approvals of Roundup, which are kept secret. However, the new paper presents the same results as before and the conclusions are unchanged.
– The Dirty Details Behind the Attacks on Seralini’s Notorious GMO Rat Study (Natural Society, May 14, 2014):
– Scientists condemn retraction of Séralini study (End Science Censorship, Jan 29, 2014):
- 41 scientists and experts demand reinstatement of the study
- Scientists around the world invited to add their signatures
SCIENTISTS from around the world have united to condemn the retraction[1,2] by the editor of the Elsevier journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) of the pioneering study on genetically modified (GM) maize and Roundup herbicide, conducted by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team at the University of Caen, France.
The study found that rats fed the GM maize and/or low levels of Roundup in their diet suffered severe organ damage, particularly to the liver, kidneys and pituitary gland. Additional unexpected observations were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups.
Giant rats put noses to work on Mozambique’s landmines
Landmine-detecting rats weigh as much as a domestic cat and are light enough to cross terrain without triggering explosives
A small army of landmine-detecting rats is to be redeployed in Mozambique in a push to meet a deadline to have the country declared free of mines this year.
Belgian non-governmental organisation Apopo trains African giant pouched rats to sniff out the explosives in landmines by conditioning them to associate the scent with rewards of food.
The rodents, which weigh about as much as a small domestic cat, are light enough to move over terrain without setting off the mines. They are followed by a team of mine-removal experts with metal detectors.
– Truth about the Seralini rat-tumor-GMO study explodes (John Rappoport, Jan 19, 2014):
Remember a researcher named Gilles-Eric Seralini, his 2012 GMO study, and the controversy that swirled around it?
He fed rats GMOs, in the form of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, and they developed tumors. Some died. The study was published in the journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology (wikipedia). Pictures of the rats were published.
– GM Bt Corn Causes Infertility in Rats – New Egyptian Studies (Sustainable Pulse, Jan 15, 2014):
Egyptian researchers have found that Bt corn is not substantially equivalent to non-GM parent and was toxic to rats, even after only 91 days of feeding.
These findings arose from three studies published in 2012 and 2013 on a type of GM insect resistant Bt corn developed using Monsanto’s MON810 trait.
One study showed that the GM corn was not substantially equivalent to the non-GM parent.
A second study examined the effects on rats of a diet containing the GM maize. The study found that the GM corn diet caused increased or decreased organs/body weight or changes in blood biochemistry that indicated possible toxicity.
In the third study, histopathological examination was carried out on the rats fed the GM maize, and the results were compared with rats fed non-GM maize. The study found clear signs of organ pathology in the GM-fed group, especially in the liver, kidney, and small intestine. An examination of the testes revealed necrosis (death) and desquamation (shedding) of the spermatogonial cells that are the foundation of sperm cells and thus male fertility – and all this after only 91 days of feeding.
– Dr El-Shamei: GM Maize Causes Death of Spermatogonial Cells (GMO Evidence, Jan 15, 2014):
In this Egyptian study, histopathological examination was carried out on the rats fed the GM maize, and the results were compared with rats fed non-GM maize. The study found clear signs of organ pathology in the GM-fed group, especially in the liver, kidney, and small intestine. An examination of the testes revealed necrosis (death) and desquamation (shedding) of the spermatogonial cells that are the foundation of sperm cells and thus male fertility – and all this after only 91 days of feeding.