28 Feb '15, 9am

The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous:

The next generation of GMOs could be especially dangerous:

Are there GMOs in your breakfast? Did a recent scientific study just change the way we should think about the safety of genetically modified foods? According to Ari Levaux at the Atlantic , the answer is a resounding yes. The study in question, performed by researchers at China’s Nanjing University and published in the journal Cell Research , found that a form of genetic material — called microRNA — from conventional rice survived the human digestive process and proceeded to affect cholesterol function in humans. Levaux argues that this new study “reveals a pathway by which genetically modified (GM) foods might influence human health” which should cause us to completely revisit the question of GM crops’ safety. And he’s right to be alarmed, just a little off on the reasoning. Let’s take a closer look at how this study applies to current GM technology, shall we? I would arg...

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