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Stenographers, anyone? GMO rat study authors engineered embargo to prevent scrutiny

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A study of the effect of genetically modified corn on rats that you may have read about earlier this week doesn’t seem to have said much about whether GMOs are safe. But it sure said a lot about how the scientists who did the work used a crafty embargo to control their message.

In an excellent post over at the New York Times’ Dot Earth blog, Andy Revkin says the study co-sponsored by the Sustainable Food Trust, is yet another example of the “single study syndrome:”

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Written by Ivan Oransky

September 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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Neurology lifts NFL-Alzheimer’s embargo study early after break

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The journal Neurology has lifted the embargo early on a study showing a higher rate of death due to Alzheimer’s disease among former NFL players, after a story ran this morning: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

September 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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