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The Los Angeles Times reports that publishing house Elsevier last Thursday retracted a major study that it released last year finding that "laboratory rats fed for up to two years on genetically modified corn of a type widely used in the United States developed huge, grotesque tumors."

The original study was published in Elsevier's Food and Chemical Toxicology journal, and has been subjected to much criticism of its methodology, analysis and conclusions. There also were questions about the credibility of its author, French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini, a longtime critic of GMOs.

However, the retraction itself has created controversy. "Elsevier's action, which has been challenged by Seralini, has already shifted the debate from the adequacy of the original paper to the process of peer review in scientific publishing and the politics of this particular retraction," the Times writes. "The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility responded within a day with a statement calling the retraction 'a travesty of science' that appears to be 'a bow to industry'."
KC's View:
You know my feelings about this … all the continuing controversy suggests to me the precise reason why labeling is a good idea.