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GM maize study retracted

The academic publisher Elsevier has retracted a high-profile study on the toxicity of genetically modified maize, following an investigation into the validity of the findings.

The paper, written by a team led by Gilles-Eric Séralini from the University of Caen in France, claimed that a strain of GM maize caused a high incidence of cancer in rats. However, following an investigation of the original data, Elsevier has retracted the paper, which was originally published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in September 2012.

Following an investigation, Elsevier “found no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data”, the publisher said in a statement on 28 November.

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