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Plants in our diet unlikely to regulate genes – study

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 2nd, 2013.

In the latest twist in the recent scientific discussion over whether double stranded RNA from plants in our diet can interfere with genetic expression once they’ve been consumed, a new study in primates has failed to find supporting evidence for the claim, potentially undermining arguments that genetically modified plants that produce these molecules may pose a […]

FSANZ defends stance on gene ‘silencing’ – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 22nd, 2013.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has responded to criticism alleging products relying on a new gene silencing technology are entering the food supply without adequate scrutiny. Earlier this year, a scientific review raised concerns that double-stranded RNA molecules produced in new genetically modified crops could pose a risk to human health. The paper’s authors, including Professor Jack Heinemann at […]

Updated – Experts on regulatory bodies’ approach to GM products

Peter Griffin posted in on March 26th, 2013.

UPDATED: Independent experts have responded to accusations that lax regulations are allowing potentially unsafe genetically modified products into  New Zealand and Australia. A recent analysis by Professor Jack Heinemann, director of the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, and colleagues, critically examined several regulatory bodies and how they assess genetically modified organisms […]

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