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6 French academies reject linking of GM corn, cancer

PARIS--A controversial study that linked genetically modified corn to cancer in lab rats is a “scientific non-event,” six French scientific academies said on Friday.

“This work does not enable any reliable conclusion to be drawn,” they said, adding bluntly that the affair helped “spread fear among the public.”

The joint statement — an extremely rare event in French science — was signed by the national academies of agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, sciences, technology and veterinary studies.

It was sparked by research published in September that said rats fed with so-called NK603 corn and/or doses of Roundup herbicide developed tumors.

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