Science Journal retracts genetically engineered corn study

The science journal Nature has concluded that a controversial article it published last year on the discovery of genetically engineered corn growing in Mexico was not well researched enough and should not have been published, according to The Washington Post. In a highly unusual "editorial note" in this week's edition of the journal, the editors said that based on criticisms of the article and assessments by outside referees, "Nature has concluded that the evidence available is not sufficient to justify the publication of the original paper."

That article had reported that corn from the southern state of Oaxaca contained genetically modified material, although Mexico has prohibited all engineered corn since 1998. The finding was especially important because corn originated in the southern valley of Mexico and Central America and the region remains the international center for corn diversity.

In "Taco Terrorism," Steven Milloy dismisses concerns that the genetically engineered corn is dangerous. Milloy is the author of the Cato book "Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense Against Health Scares and Scams," in which he takes the methods of scientific journals to task.

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