Tagged: GM

Controversial Seralini paper retracted - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Nov 29, 2013

He caused an uproar in science last year when he published a paper suggesting genetically modified maize and the RoundUp herbicide caused tumours in rats he used in his experiments. Now Gilles Seralini and colleagues have seen their paper in Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted  by publisher Elsevier because of concerns over the “number of animals in each study … Read More

Regulator rejects scientists' GM concerns - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 22, 2013

It has taken nearly two months, but Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has finally responded to criticisms of its regulation of GM foods after it was accused of “systemic neglect” in its regulatory regime by Canterbury University’s Professor Jack Heinemann. The response is well worth a read for Sciblogs regulars who have followed the debate Heinemann and … Read More

Standing for nothing does our agriculture a big non-favour - Stick

Peter Kerr Oct 09, 2012

This story also appears at www.pastureharmonies.org If you stand for nothing; does that mean anything is acceptable….or not? This is the dilemma for NZ Inc agriculture as AgResearch announces the recent success of ‘Daisy’ a cow genetically modified to produce … Continue reading → … Read More

Separating the chaff from the grain in the debate on GM wheat - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 18, 2012

By Prof. Jack Heinemann, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury. My report on assessing the risks of a form of GM wheat has sparked heated comment here and on other blog sites. The Sciblog-associated Science Media Centre (NZ) included comments from Peter Dearden and a link to the “Genetics Otago” blog along with comments made by … Read More

Hatchet job on GM pine trees - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Apr 13, 2012

Police are investigating a break in at a radiata pine field trial facility in Rotorua after hundreds of genetically-modified year-old trees were slashed and uprooted over Easter. The intruders were clever – they not only cut through perimeter fences but tunneled under a monitored security fence to get to the trees, which were planted about a year ago. Scion, the … Read More

GM ruling quashed in Court of Appeal – now what? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 29, 2010

The journal Nature features a report from Sydney-based New Zealander Branwen Morgan, looking at the implications of the New Zealand Court of Appeal move to quash an earlier High Court decision that saw Agresearch applications to undertake genetic modification research thrown out. I blogged on the Court of Appeal case in February heading the article: … Read More

Is genetic engineering just like breeding? - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 15, 2010

By Prof. Jack Heinemann* Dr. Nina Federoff, the science advisor to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, voiced more blatantly in New Zealand what many other advocates of large-scale plantings of genetically engineered (GE/GM) plants sought to imply for years: ’There’s almost no food that isn’t genetically modified. Genetic modification is the basis of all evolution.’ This stance … Read More

Are some scientists just taking the cis out of genetic engineering? Pt II - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 12, 2010

By Prof. Jack Heinemann* Part 2: If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. Scientists and non-scientists alike understand that gene function matters for the safety assessment of GMOs (de Cock Buning et al., 2006). Creating a new function in an organism using parts from that organism is still a new … Read More

Are some scientists just taking the cis out of genetic engineering? Pt I - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 11, 2010

­­ By Prof. Jack Heinemann* Part 1: While appearing to take concerns seriously, the promotion of cisgenics and intragenics by New Zealand science companies risks further public alienation. The debate on the safety and appropriateness of using genetically engineered/modified (GE) plants and animals for food or animal feed is frequently manipulated through semantics. Language and not substance has been … Read More