Bad Research Papers

The Best ‘GM Health Risk Week’ Can Throw at Us

September 16, 2013 // 18 Comments

Edited by: Peter Earlier today, I received an email from one of my subscribers informing me about a seminar he attended organised by GM Free Cymru. The event was part of GM Health Risk Week – a weeklong event held around the UK in which people apparently examined “health risks surrounding GM food”. This is a very strange event to have in the UK considering no GM crops are being grown commercially here. However, the UK does import GM commodities including animal feed and, to a [...]

Bad Science in the Paper ‘a Long-Term Toxicology Study on Pigs Fed a Combined Genetically Modified (GM) Soy and GM Maize Diet’

August 11, 2013 // 16 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter About three weeks ago I was contacted by the Green PolkaDot Box – an organic food company who sells organic food in big green polkadot boxes. Like most organic food companies, they claimed that GM-foods are dangerous to humans. When asked for research that backs up their claims, they sent me a link to a questionable review of the herbicide roundup (glyphosate) which is an analogue of glycine and not a genetically modified organism (GMO). When challenged [...]

The Green PolkaDot Box and Cookie Cutter Anti-GMO “Research”

August 3, 2013 // 6 Comments

 By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter I recently wrote an article critical of a review sent to me as the ultimate proof that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dangerous from the anti-GMO food delivery company Green PolkaDot Box. This was after they tweeted me telling me that we need to know the “real dangers” of GMOs. I was curious about what dangers they were referring to, and therefore tweeted the company back, asking to see the peer reviewed data they are basing their [...]

Bad science in the paper ‘Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice’

July 18, 2013 // 25 Comments

 By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter & Hannah I have recently published an article and video sceptical of the paper ‘Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize‘. This paper claims to have shown a link between genetically modified (GM) maize tolerant to the roundup herbicide and an increased risk of developing tumours. Even though I discussed the problems with the paper’s experiment in detail, how the paper did not show any [...]

Bad science in the paper ‘Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant GM maize’

July 2, 2013 // 5 Comments

A review of the paper Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant GM maize. Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize Spontaneous Tumours in Sprague-Dawley Rats and Swiss Mice The Biased Views of Hank Green and SciShow Bad science in the paper “long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize” Drinking Roundup Herbicide Makes Men Live [...]

Drinking Roundup Herbicide Makes Men Live Longer

June 29, 2013 // 38 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter & Hannah In September of last year, the highly discredited paper ‘Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified Maize‘ was published in the journal ‘Food and Chemical Toxicology’. Most people have heard of this paper, as it is currently being promoted by every anti-GMO group on the planet, as it supposedly shows a link between GMOs, cancer and premature death. I have previously written about this paper and [...]

What the Hell Is Hank Green’s Problem with Genetic Engineering?!?! – part 3

June 2, 2013 // 8 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Peter What the hell is Hank Green’s problem with genetic engineering?!?! – part 2 In this final instalment of ‘what the hell is Hank Green’s problem with genetic engineering?!?!’ I am going to discuss the final two minutes of the video ‘Glowing Rats and Extreme Genetic Engineering‘. The final portion of the video mostly consists of a Skype conversation with Eric Hoffman – the Genetic Technology Policy Campaigner for Friends of [...]

The Loss of Herd Immunity in the UK

April 6, 2013 // 21 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah . In 1998, Andrew Wakefield published the now highly-discredited paper, ‘Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children.’ The paper claimed that there was a link between Autism, the MMR vaccine, and a novel form of bowel disease (something often missed out by people who are against getting children vaccinated). For such controversial findings the paper had an unusually small sample size [...]

The Biased Views of Hank Green and SciShow

February 25, 2013 // 56 Comments

Hank has now taken the episode off-line and I have been told that he is putting together a new one…….its now been well over a year :( By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah It would be fair to say that up until recently, I had a man-crush on Hank Green from the YouTube channel ‘SciShow’. I found Hank’s science videos some of the most entertaining educational videos on the web. They are well researched, well put together and made in such a way that they can be [...]

The Hidden Hazards of Genetic Engineering? Ho Ho Ho

February 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah In October of last year I published an article regarding an advert for Proposition 37. What is Proposition 37? It’s for the mandatory labelling of genetically engineered (GM) food in California and although I agreed with the proposition itself, I thought the advert was extremely misleading, manipulative and factually incorrect. In my article I talked about the Bt delta endotoxin and highly discredited paper, ‘Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup [...]

Bad science in the paper “long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”

September 23, 2012 // 26 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah A good friend of mine recently sent me a French paper entitled, “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize”. The paper investigated the health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize, cultivated with Roundup weed killer on rats over 2 years. The paper came to the conclusion that rats fed on the GM maize sprayed with Roundup were much more likely to die at an earlier age, in addition to [...]

Coalition of Environmentalists Report on Synthetic Biology

June 9, 2012 // 6 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah As many of you will know, I am not a big fan of David Shukman (BBC Science Editor). This dislike came from watching his biased broadcast on the BBC, in which he cast a shadow on the hard work of synthetic biologists and the subject as a whole. I later found out that at the same time, he published a related article on the BBC news website. It was just as misinformed and alarmist as the broadcast and inexcusably made a link between synthetic biology [...]