Food and Chemical Toxicology, which last year published a controversial rat study by Gilles-Éric Séralini that claimed to show that genetically modified corn could lead to a high incidence of cancer, has sent the French scientist a letter saying that the paper will be withdrawn if he does not agree to do it voluntarily.

This paper has been used over the past 14 months as ‘proof’ that genetically modified foods pose potentially serious health hazards, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.  In his withdrawal letter to the study author, the editor of the journal wrote that there was “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data…. However, there is legitimate cause for concern regarding both the number of animals in each study group and the particular strain selected. … This retraction comes after a thorough and time-consuming analysis of the published article and the data it reports, along with an investigation into the peer-review behind the article.”

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