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Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses

Cutting-edge molecular profiling analyses reveal that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes liver damage at doses permitted by regulators. Report: Claire Robinson

The weedkiller Roundup causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at very low doses permitted by regulators worldwide, a new peer-reviewed study shows. The study is the first ever to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmentally relevant dose and a serious disease.

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Conflicts of Interest in GM Bt Crop Efficacy and Durability Studies

Public confidence in genetically modified (GM) crop studies is tenuous at best in many countries, including those of the European Union in particular. A lack of information about the effects of ties between academic research and industry might stretch this confidence to the breaking point. We therefore performed an analysis on a large set of research articles (n = 672) focusing on the efficacy or durability of GM Bt crops and ties between the researchers carrying out these studies and the GM crop industry. We found that ties between researchers and the GM crop industry were common, with 40% of the articles considered displaying conflicts of interest (COI). In particular, we found that, compared to the absence of COI, the presence of a COI was associated with a 50% higher frequency of outcomes favorable to the interests of the GM crop company.

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Conflicts of Interest Common in GM Crop Studies

Researchers have found that a large proportion of scientific studies on genetically modified (GM) crops are tainted by conflicts of interest (COIs), mostly because of having an employee of a GM producing company as one of the authors or having received funding from such a company (Item 1).

The study analysed 579 research articles focusing on the efficacy or durability of GM Bt crops, and ties between the researchers carrying out these studies and the GM crop industry (Item 2). It found that found that the latter was common, with 40% of the articles considered displaying COIs. COIs were associated with a 50% higher frequency of outcomes favorable to the interests of the GM crop company.

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