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Health Issues from Biotechnology

Index of articles in the Science in Society Archive on the topic health with respect to biotechnology: eating GM food, Glyphosate, transgenic mosquitos etc. For articles in other categories, please see the SiS archive menu.

Declaration of Physicians in Crop-sprayed Towns in Argentina at 3rd National Congress
Five years after the first meeting at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Córdoba, we - scientists, doctors and members of health teams from sprayed villages of Argentina -gathered in the Aula Magna of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), to verify that what we said then is emphatically true and getting worse by the day. The current system of agricultural production in the country pollutes the environment and our food, sickening and killing human populations in agricultural areas
Dr. Medardo Avila-Vazquez, Lic. Miryam Gorban and Prof. Sergio Provenzano 2nd December 2015

Glyphosate ‘Probably Carcinogenic to Humans’ Latest WHO Assessment
The world authority on cancer’s evidence-based assessment is pitched against the Monsanto-led corrupt approvals in US and Europe
Dr Mae-Wan Ho and Dr Nancy Swanson 24th March 2015

Will GM Mosquitoes Increase Disease Spread by other Species?
Cautionary tale for GM and other control strategies as study highlights expansion of another invasive disease carrying mosquito in Panama
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 9th February 2015

A Roundup of Roundup® Reveals Converging Pattern of Toxicity from Farm to Clinic to Laboratory Studies
We need to ban glyphosate from our own communities as most governments fail to protect citizens
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 19th January 2015

CaMV 35S Promoter in GM Feed that Sickened Rats Transferred into Rat Blood, Liver, and Brain Cells
The rats were fed an ordinary rat chow found to contain GMOs on PCR analysis using probes for the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter, a gene control element in more than 80 % of commercial GM crops grown with potential health hazards predicted since 1999
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 7th January 2015

Marked Deterioration of Public Health Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show
The steep rise in incidence of 22 chronic diseases in the US correlates strongly with the increase in GM crops and the application of glyphosate-based herbicides
Prof Peter Saunders 10th December 2014

Beware the new 'Breakthrough' Transgenic Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes engineered with a jumping gene vector to express a DNA-cutting enzyme produce >95 % male offspring; unfortunately both enzyme and vector target genomes of diverse species from slime moulds to humans
Dr Mae Wan Ho 24th June 2014

Nucleic Acid Invaders from Food Confirmed
New research confirms that DNA fragments derived from meals, large enough to carry complete genes, can escape degradation and enter the human circulatory system, and so can RNA, raising serious concerns over new nucleic acids introduced into the human food chain via genetically modified organisms
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 11th June 2014

Sri Lanka Partially Bans Glyphosate for Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic
Glyphosate's metal-chelating activity causes bioaccumulation of toxic metals in the body, resulting in an estimated 400 000 cases in Sri Lanka and 20 000 deaths
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 9th April 2014

Glyphosate and Cancer
New research shows that the low levels of glyphosate found in human urine can promote the growth of human breast cancer cells, confirming the carcinogenic potential of the herbicide known since the 1980s
Dr Mae Wan Ho 26th March 2014

Glyphosate/Roundup and Human Male Infertility
Steep decline in human male sperm count concomitant with rise in testicular germ cell cancer, congenital malformations of the male reproductive tract and drop in serum testosterone levels, all pointing towards increasing exposure to glyphosate/Roundup herbicides during the past decades, now corroborated by lab findings
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 19th March 2014

Scientists Declare No Consensus on GMO Safety
A group of 93 scientists from all over the world deplore the disinformation over the safety of GMOs and expose the lack of empirical and scientific evidence on which the false claims of "consensus" on safety are being made
ISIS 21st October 2013

China's Consumers Reject GMOs
The Chinese people have always been suspicious of GMOs, as they take their food and extremely diverse traditional cuisines much more seriously than almost any other people in the world. They were alerted to the hazards of GM food in a big way since 2010 when pigs began dying off in large numbers as a widely planted suspected GM corn was used as feed
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 29th July 2013

New GM Nightmares with RNA
Small double-stranded RNA (dsRNAs) that aim to interfere with specific gene expression are increasingly used to create GM crops; unfortunately they have many off-target effects and can also interfere with gene expression in all animals exposed to the crops
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th April 2013

Hazardous Virus Gene Discovered in GM Crops after 20 Years
ISIS has warned against the CaMV 35S promoter and called for all affected GM crops to be withdrawn since 1999 while damning evidence on its safety continues to emerge
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 28th January 2013

Potentially Dangerous Virus Gene Hidden in Commercial GM Crops
The European Food Safety Authority has just discovered a virus gene in GM crops it has been approving over the past twenty years; a thorough independent risk assessment based on existing data shows that the only reasonable course of action is a total recall of all affected GM crops
Dr Jonathan Latham and Dr Allison Wilson 28th January 2013

GM Cancer Warning Can No Longer Be Ignored
The latest findings of cancers and deaths from GM maize and Roundup herbicide are the result of the most in-depth long-term toxicology study ever done on GM food; we ignore them at our peril
Prof Peter Saunders and Dr Mae-Wan Ho 24th October 2012

Mass Genome Engineering
Whole microbial genomes can be changed at will simultaneously and rapidly; with large implications for safety
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 22nd October 2012

Excess Cancers and Deaths with GM Feed: the Stats Stand Up
That cancers are found even with a small number of rats tested is strong evidence that the GM feed and herbicide are carcinogenic
Prof. Peter Saunders 16th October 2012

DNA Contamination in HPV vaccines
A serious safety issue that should not be swept under the regulatory carpet
Prof. Joe Cummins 12th September 2012

Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn
Corporation faces criminal charges for concealing own study in which cows died after eating its genetically modified corn
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 13th June 2012

Tell WalMart to Reject Monsanto's GMO Corn
There is growing evidence of health hazards associated with genetically modified (GM) food and feed, which ISIS has reviewed extensively over the years. Health hazards linked to Bt toxins include organ damage in lab animals, diarrhoea, increased water consumption, decrease in liver weight, damage and death of human kidney cells in culture, allergies in humans, changes in blood chemistry, and mass deaths of sheep grazing on Bt crops residues - Now Monsanto is introducing GM Bt corn for direct human consumption.
ISIS 15th March 2012

Bt Toxin Kills Human Kidney Cells
Cry1Ab biopesticide kills human cells at low doses as does Roundup herbicide
Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji 14th March 2012

Regulation of Transgenic Insects Highly Inadequate and Unsafe
USDA set a dangerous precedent for a permissive regulatory regime over environmental releases of transgenic insects that is now adopted across the world
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd February 2012

EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate Toxicity
The European Commission approved glyphosate knowing, as Monsanto did, that it causes birth defects, while the public were kept in the dark, the herbicide must now be banned
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 13th July 2011

Escherichia coli O104:H4 A Newly Emergent Pathogen
A deadly new strain that has picked up the Shiga toxin genes with the help of a virus that smuggles genes between bacteria
Prof. Joe Cummins 29th June 2011

How Genetic Engineering May Have Created E. Coli Outbreak
Greatly assisted horizontal gene transfer and recombination turned previously harmless bacteria into dangerous pathogens
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 27th June 2011

Scientist Defends Claim of New Pathogen Linked to GM Crops
Senior scientist stands up for his claims amid storm of attacks; he deserves all our support
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st April 2011

Cloned Meat and Milk Coming
Cloning by nuclear transplant is completely different from cloning by splitting embryos, and is closely associated with genetic modification of livestock to produce drugs in their milk; in deregulating cloned meat and milk, the European Commission will be approving the sale of highly unethical and unsafe products that are also illegal
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th March 2011

Scientists Discover New Route for GM-gene 'Escape'
Genetically modified genes can jump species via wounds, yes horizontal gene transfer happens, and at high frequencies; it is the greatest, most underestimated hazard from GMOs released into the environment
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 2nd March 2011

Emergency! Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?
USDA senior scientist sends “emergency” warning to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a new plant pathogen in Roundup Ready GM soybean and corn that may be responsible for high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st February 2011

‘Cloned’ Food Animals Not True Clones
Commercial release of ‘cloned’ food animals illegal as well as unethical and unsafe
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 11th October 2010

Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy
Ten years of GM soy and glyphosate poisoning have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects
Claire Robinson 6th October 2010

Lab Study Establishes Glyphosate Link to Birth Defects
Developmental biologists traced glyphosate birth defects to key morphogen and signalling genes
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 4th October 2010

Genetic Approaches to Controlling Malaria Mosquitoes
A dangerous remedy that may bring malaria back worse than before
Prof. Joe Cummins 9th June 2010

Time to Eradicate Malaria?
Malaria has declined significantly worldwide thanks to combination therapy based on artemisinin and the use of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets; this has raised hopes for eradicating the disease by developing additional drugs and vaccines and the release of transgenic mosquitoes, but is it wise?
Prof. Joe Cummins 7th June 2010

EU’s Pro-Industry GMO Regulators Endanger Public Health Petition for Independent Science in GMO Risk Assessment
EU watchdog attempts to undermine already lax regulations to speed up commercial approval of risky GM products
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th May 2010

GM Food Angel or Devil
It has been 16 years since the first genetically modified (GM) crop - Flavr Savr tomato for delayed ripening - was approved for commercial growing in the USA. It was also the year that I became a ‘science activist', on realising how science itself was falling prey to corporate manipulation.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th May 2010

A 12-Year Saga of Farm Suicides in India
In 2006-08, Maharastra saw 12 493 farm suicides, 85 percent higher than the 6 745 suicides it recorded during 1997-1999, and the worst three year period for any State at any time despite huge government debt relief packages.
P. Sainath 9th February 2010

Field Testing Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus: Environment Assessment Still Inadequate
USDA/APHIS aims to support widely dispersed field trials with reckless disregard for safety and in flagrant violation of the precautionary principle.
Prof. Joe Cummins 8th February 2010

UK Chief Scientist Misrepresented Over GM
Is it possible that Prof. Beddington’s staff - at the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs perhaps - are much keener on GM than he is, and wrote a speech for him that was leaked ahead of time to The Guardian? Could it be that Prof. Beddington, after seeing the prepared speech, changed it out of all recognition?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th February 2010

The Bradford Hill Criteria Applied to Climate Change & GMOs
If smoking causes lung cancer, we should try to stop people smoking, if greenhouse gas emissions are causing climate change, we should reduce them, if genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are hazardous, we should ban them. The problem for policy makers is that it is hard to be sure, or rather it is hard to be sure enough to convince a government to spend money or offend a powerful lobby. The Bradford Hill criteria can help in the difficult task of making decisions when the evidence, while strong, is not conclusive.
Prof. Peter Saunders 3rd February 2010

GM Crops Facing Meltdown in the USA
Major crops genetically modified for just two traits - herbicide tolerance and insect resistance – are ravaged by super weeds and secondary pests in the heartland of GMOs as farmers fight a losing battle with more of the same; a fundamental shift to organic farming practices may be the only salvation
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st February 2010

High Lysine GM Maize Withdrawn, Safety Concerns
A much touted second generation “nutritionally enhanced” GM crop bites the dust, as company fails to address serious health concerns; but don’t suppose that regulation will triumph
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 11th November 2009

Say No to GM Carnations for Europe
A petition has been posted against the introduction of GM-carnations Moonaqua with altered the Netherlands.. These carnations are not yet available in Europe because they are not authorized. But the Dutch Ministry of Environment will do that in less than 6 weeks.time.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 12th August 2009

Scientists Must be Held Responsible and Protected by Law
Scientists are responsible for acquiring new data and evaluating existing data without bias, and should be protected by law for doing so; but if they fail, they too should be liable to prosecution
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 3rd August 2009

ISIS Comment in Support of Ban on GMOs in Negros
On behalf of the Institute of Science in Society, I would like to submit our Comment to you on the Philippine Sugar Research Institute Foundation's objection to the implementation of Provincial Ordinance 007 in Negros Occidental Province.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th July 2009

Ban Glyphosate Herbicides Now
Scientists Confirm Potent Hormone Disrupting Effects. Latest evidence confirms world's top-selling herbicide used with GM crops is toxic and disrupts sex hormones at infinitesimal doses; time for a worldwide ban
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 15th July 2009

Glyphosate Herbicide Could Cause Birth Defects
Argentina Considers Ban
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th July 2009

New Evidence Links CaMV 35S Promoter to HIV Transcription
The controversial promoter in all GM crops does enhance multiplication of disease-causing viruses; yet another reason why [1] GM is Dangerous and Futile (SiS 40)
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 15th June 2009

Vioxx, A Mercky Story
After paying out almost $5 billion in the US, Merck is defending a class action in Australia where a journal that never was came to light, meanwhile UK victims see no prospect of compensation
Prof. Peter Saunders 1st June 2009

Maize streak Virus Resistant Transgenic Maize for Africa?
Transgenic viral resistance is short-lived while marker assisted selective breeding can offer long-term protection
Prof. Joe Cummins 14th May 2009

Moratorium on GMOs for Europe
Two hundred and fifty delegates from 28 countries gathered in Lucerne , Switzerland, for the 5th European Conference of GMO-Free Regions, Food and Democracy , 24-25 April 2009. They called for a moratorium on GMOs in Europe.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 4th May 2009

Scientists Protest Unethical Clinical Trials of GM Golden Rice
Tufts university involvement in golden rice feeding trials.
Dr Brian John 16th February 2009

Death by Multiple Poisoning, Glyphosate and Roundup
Scientists pinpoint how very low concentrations of the herbicide and other chemicals in Roundup formulations kill human cells, strengthening the case for phasing them out, and banning all further releases of Roundup-tolerant GM crops
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Brett Cherry 11th February 2009

Bt Brinjal Unfit for Human Consumption
Expert independent scientist verdict contradicts Indian regulatory authorities on biosafety of GM aubergine
Sam Burcher 9th February 2009

Who is Anti-Science?
Hilary Benn & Other GM Supporters

The Cabinet minister betrays his true colours in a head to head with Vandana Shiva and other proponents of organic agriculture as evidence piles up against the safety of GM food and feed.
Sam Burcher 6th February 2009

Dangers of HPV Vaccine Production in Plants, Microbes, and Viruses
Widespread releases of hazardous transgenes and vaccines have the potential to create viruses more deadly than the ones the vaccines protect against
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th January 2009

The HPV Vaccine Controversy
Major uncertainties over efficacy and safety for costly vaccines that only benefit the drug giants for sure
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th January 2009

Transgenic Animals for Food Not Proven Safe
FDA’s guidelines on commercial release of transgenic animals ignore known hazards of GMOs and totally inadequate to protect the public from genetic and epigenetic damages that may result from transgenic foods.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 17th November 2008

GM Papaya Should Not be Deregulated
USDA's environmental assessment based on obsolete opinion and ignores published findings of serious potential hazards
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th November 2008

Letter to Hilary Benn MP on GMOs
The Government appears to believe that genetically modified (GM) crops are needed to solve the crisis of food shortages and high food prices in the world. In the past, the Government has expressed an intention to be a leader in the field of biotechnology. However, the GM seed developers, as well as some government advisors and scientists, have made many claims about the benefits and safety of GM crops but have failed to disclose the harm that has been done by these products.
Dr. Eva Novotny 5th November 2008

Sex Hormone Sprays Halted over Cities But…
California embarks on an even more alarming pesticide eradication policy for a harmless moth
Sam Burcher 15th August 2008

Exposed: Europe’s GM-Hype in Times of Food and Fuel Crisis
The pro-GM brigade has been losing no time in exploiting the current global food and fuel crisis and the high price of animal feed to promote GM as the solution in the mainstream media
Caroline Robinson 6th August 2008

Terminator Mosquitoes to Control Dengue?
Why take a dangerous, costly, and untested high tech option when safe, effective, and affordable alternatives are available.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th May 2008

Deadly gift from Monsanto to India
To follow up on your articles, I enclose photographs of mealy bugs infested cotton plants in the demonstration plots of different seed companies in Vidarbha: Ganga Kavari, Paras Bbhrahma, and Banny. All of the plots have the Bollgard label. These mealy bugs have never been in our region on any plants before Bt cotton was introduced.
Ram Kalaspurkar 12th May 2008

Full House for Food Futures Now
It was the warmest day of the year so far and inside the sumptuously decorated Jubilee Room in the House of Commons there was barely standing room. The capacity audience were gathered for the launch of the much acclaimed ISIS report.
Sam Burcher 1st May 2008

Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection?
Preliminary findings suggest a link between Morgellons Disease and Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops; has genetic engineering created a new epidemic?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 28th April 2008

Horizontal Gene Transfer from GMOs Does Happen
Recent evidence confirms that transgenic DNA does jump species to bacteria and even plant and animals, as some of us had predicted
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 10th March 2008

Letter in Support of Poland's GMO Free Status
Poland announced it would stick to its ban on 12 February 2008
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th February 2008

Support French Scientist Telling the Truth About GMOs
Dr. Christian Vélot, has lost his funding. There is a committee of support for Vélot and they have organised a petition that has attracted 9288 signatures as of 26 January 2008. You can sign it on line. Please also send the link to your friends
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 12th February 2008

Letter to Nature Biotechnology: Systematic bias in favour of no adverse impacts from GM feed
Letter to Nature Biotechnology in response to the article defending the "new format" feature on Ermakova's findings of adverse health and reproductive impacts on rats fed genetically modified (GM) soya, and on the validity of the "scientific criticisms" of her work.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th January 2008

More on Science and Scientist Abused
Dr. Erina Ermakova, senior scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, whose work we featured was approached by an editor of Nature Biotechnology to co-author an article describing her work. This turned out to be a scandalous attempt to destroy her reputation and discredit her work. Below is the first press coverage in Switzerland. The matter is still unresolved, so please circulate widely and write your own letter to Nature Biotechnology
Roland Fischer 12th November 2007

GM-Free Europe Beginning?
A remarkable sequence of events since ISIS’ European Parliament Briefing Scientists and MEPs for a GM free Europe [1] may mean the beginning of the end of genetically modified crops in Europe.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 9th November 2007

UK Government's Dirty GM Secrets
UK Government funding genetically modified (GM) crop projects at tens of millions of pound and colluding with a biotech company to ease its GM field trials
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 6th November 2007

Udder Disregard for Safety. GM Tobacco for Preventing Mastitis in Cows.
The USDA is promoting a potentially disastrous strategy for controlling mastitis in cows that could enhance a host of other diseases and create new disease agents
Prof. Joe Cummins 2nd October 2007

Scientists and MEPs for a GM free Europe
Independent scientists, MEPs, farmers and citizens united at the European Parliament condemning GMOs; the European Food Safety Authority to be sued
Sam Burcher and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st June 2007

Ready for Dicamba Ready GM crops?
Turning an environmental disaster into a real catastrophe
Prof. Joe Cummins 20th June 2007

GM Protein for Ice Cream Not Ready for Commercial Use
The advisory committee has made considerable effort towards assuring the safety of a genetically modified ice-structuring protein intended for use in edible ices, but large gaps still remain
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th April 2007

GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham
Regulators such as the European Food Safety Authority and UK's Food Standards Agency have been ignoring the precautionary principle, manipulating and corrupting science, sidestepping the law, and helping to promote GMOs in the face of massive public opposition and damning evidence piling up against the safety of GM food and feed.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 9th March 2007

GM Food Nightmare Unfolding and the Regulatory Sham
How our regulators are ignoring the precautionary principle, manipulating and corrupting science, sidestepping the law, and helping to promote GMOs in the face of massive public opposition and damning evidence piling up against the safety of GM food and feed
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th February 2007

The Real Bioinformatics Revolution
How a daring hypothesis may rescue bioinformatics from masses of undecipherable and hence useless genome sequences and turn biology and medicine upside down
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 2nd February 2007

Cloned BSE-Free Cows, Not Safe Nor Proper Science
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins go behind the smokescreen to expose the project which would perpetuate the intensive animal husbandry that created mad cow disease in the first place and is far from safe or ethical in terms of animal welfare
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof Joe Cummins 31st January 2007

Is FDA Promoting or Regulating Cloned Meat and Milk?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins find cloned meat and milk unethical and unsafe. This article has been submitted to the FDA. Please circulate widely to your elected representatives
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof. Joe Cummins 26th January 2007

Yeasts Targeted for High Ethanol Production
Metabolic engineering of yeasts for high ethanol biofuel production may generate toxic metabolites and pose unique threats to agriculture
Prof. Joe Cummins 12th January 2007

GM Grapevines & Toxic Wines
Synthetic genes, toxins and cyanide gas are some of what to expect from wines on your dinner table
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th January 2007

'Self-Cloned' Wine Yeasts Not Necessarily Safe
Yeast genetics is more precise, but altering the expression of a single native yeast gene can change the entire metabolic network in an unexpected way
Prof. Joe Cummins 8th January 2007

GM Wine Sold Unlabelled in the United States
Prof. Joe Cummins exposes the potential hazards of the GM wine yeast that has been approved as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration and advises against drinking US wines
Prof. Joe Cummins 6th January 2007

Making the World GM-Free & Sustainable
Keynote Lecture to Wise Traditions Conference, Weston A Price Foundation, 11 November 2006
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th December 2006

GM Soya Fed Rats: Stunted, Dead, or Sterile
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reviews the latest findings on the hazards of GM food and feed amid a continuing campaign of denial and misrepresentation by our regulators
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th November 2006

GM Crops and Microbes for Health or Public Health Hazards?
Food crops genetically modified to overproduce single nutrients could be public health hazards as overdose of many single nutritional factors are known to be toxic Genetically modifying natural gut bacteria could turn them into pathogens pre-adapted to invade the human gut
Dr.Mae-Wan Ho & Prof. Joe Cummins 16th November 2006

GM Food Animals Coming
Foods derived from genetically modified animals are likely to be contaminated by potent vaccines, immune regulators, and growth hormones, as well as nucleic acids, viruses, and bacteria that have the potential to create pathogens and to trigger cancer
Dr Mae-Wan Ho & Prof Joe Cummins 15th November 2006

The Inside Story of BSE
Prof. Peter Saunders reviews The Politics of BSE , Richard Packer, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2006. ISBN 1-4039-8529-4
Prof. Peter Saunders 7th November 2006

Genetically Modified Food Animals Coming
Foods derived from genetically modified animals are far from safe. They are likely to be contaminated by potent vaccines, immune regulators, and growth hormones, as well as nucleic acids, viruses, and bacteria that have the potential to create pathogens and to trigger cancer.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 25th September 2006

GM Crops for Health?
New genetically modified crops are being promoted for nutritional or health benefits. Health depends on a balance of macro and micronutrients, cofactors and vitamins, best achieved by organic agricultural practices. Overdose of many single nutritional factors can be toxic, and hence food crops genetically modified to overproduce single nutrients could be public health hazards.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th September 2006

USDA Proposes to Deregulate Its Own Transgenic Plum
Should not be approved, major gaps in risk assessment
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 11th July 2006

GM Protein in Ice Cream
Genetically modified fish antifreeze protein is potentially able to cause inflammation and should not be approved without comprehensive tests
Prof. Joe Cummins, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Malcolm Hooper 4th July 2006

GM Probiotic Bacteria in Gene Therapy
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho repeat their call for a ban on GM probiotics as the first clinical trial has been carried out
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd July 2006

More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops
Further evidence has emerged on the link between common transgenic proteins and serious allergic reactions while regulators turn a deaf ear and approve yet more planting
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th April 2006

Plant Steroids in Transgenic Plants Safe for Humans?
There are too many similarities between plant and animal steroids for them to be presumed safe
Prof. Joe Cummins 30th March 2006

GM Ban Long Overdue
Dozens Ill & Five Deaths in the Philippines
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 6th February 2006

ISP Reply to Canadian Food Inspection Agency
On 27 November 2005, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho wrote to a number of national and international agencies on behalf of the Independent Science Panel [1] regarding the powerful immune response in test animals fed genetically modified (GM) peas
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 4th January 2006

Recombinant Cervical Cancer Vaccines
Merck Company released the results of clinical studies on a recombinant vaccine Gardasil in October 2005, claiming 100 percent efficacy in preventing cervical cancer from human papilloma virus (HPV) strains 16 and 18, believed to cause about 70 percent of cervical cancers
Prof. Joe Cummins 20th December 2005

Reply to Questionnaire Codex Guideline for the Conduct of Food Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant-DNA Plants
For Independent Science Panel
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 19th December 2005

GM Contamination Accelerating No Co-Existence Possible
Untried and untested GM crops are out of the bottle even in the UK where no GM crops are commercially grown
Rhea Gala 16th December 2005

Field-Testing a DNA Canine Melanoma Vaccine
A proposal that uses 'confidential business information' to conceal the most critical aspects with regard to safety while dismissing genuine safety concerns
Prof. Joe Cummins 13th December 2005

Transgenic Pea that Made Mice Ill
Raises serious safety concerns on transgenic proteins in general that must be addressed while a ban on all GM food and feed is imposed
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th November 2005

Deregulation of Glyphosate Tolerant Creeping Bentgrass Out of Question
This article has been submitted to the USDA on behalf of the Independent Science Panel
Prof. Joe Cummins 7th November 2005

Outsourcing Ecological and Health Risks & Reducing Scientists to Bio-coolies for Industry
Dr. Vandana Shiva condemns India's New Biotechnology Development Strategy
Dr. Vandana Shiva 23rd September 2005

Field-testing Bacterial Pathogens with Antibiotic Resistance Genes
University researchers have applied to the US Environment Protection Agency to field test bacterial pathogens and fungus living inside plants carrying antibiotic resistance marker genes. These should be strenuously contested.
Prof. Joe Cummins 30th August 2005

Living Test for Mad Cow Disease
A new diagnostic test that claims to detect Mad Cow Disease in living animals before symptoms appear also raises questions on the cause of the disease
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd August 2005

GMOs and Human Health
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho told the People's Health Assembly that GM is proving bad for health because it goes against the grain of the new genetics science
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th August 2005

Cover-up over GM DNA in milk
Syngenta's GM maize linked to dead cows linked to GM DNA in milk and scientist involved in what appears to be a major cover-up on behalf of big dairy producer.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th July 2005

Genetically Modified Probiotics Should Be Banned
Beneficial bacteria living in the human gut are now subject to extensive genetic modification that could turn them into pathogens. In view of our vast ignorance of gut ecology, we cannot allow genetically modified probiotic bactena to be used
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st July 2005

US Foster Children Used in AIDS Drugs Tests
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded anti-HIV drugs trials on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without the legal protection for the children required in some states, exposing the children to the risks of research and serious side-effects of toxic drugs.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th June 2005

No to GM Smallpox!
Non-governmental organizations around the world are urging the World Health Organization to block a dangerous proposal that would allow the smallpox virus to be genetically engineered, and to ensure that remaining stocks of the virus are destroyed within two years
Lim Li Ching 2nd May 2005

Knotty but Nice: Spectacular Anti-Cancer Agents in Tree Knots
Prof. Joe Cummins reports on further anti-cancer chemicals that are found in common plant sources
Prof. Joe Cummins 29th April 2005

Ban GM Probiotics
Beneficial bacteria living in the human gut are now subject to extensive genetic modification that could turn them into pathogens. Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho call for a ban on releases of GM probiotics
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd April 2005

Controversy over Gene Therapy 'Breakthrough'
A 'precision' gene therapy turns out to have significant off-target effects
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 5th April 2005

No Biosecurity without Biosafety
Ensuring the safe use of genetic engineering is much more important than preventing or defending the nation from bioterrorist attacks
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th March 2005

Glyphosate Toxic & Roundup Worse
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins call for urgent regulatory review of the most widely used herbicide in the light of new scientific evidence
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 7th March 2005

ISP Bid to Stop US "Rubber-Stamping" Transgene Contamination
ISP submitted strong objections to US's proposed change in policy that would allow companies to contaminate the food supply with unauthorized test crops
Mae-Wan Ho, Sam Burcher and Rhea Gala 27th January 2005

GM Cotton that People Forgot
GM cotton has aroused relatively little resistance outside the Third World for the simple reason that it is wrongly perceived to be a non-food crop.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 20th January 2005

Are Transgenic Proteins Allergenic?
Some two-thirds of all transgenic proteins have similarities to known allergens. Should we worry?
Drs. Mae-Wan Ho, Arpad Pusztai, Susan Bardocz and Prof. Joe Cummins 5th January 2005

DNA in GM Food & Feed
The government's scientific advisory committees have repeatedly tried to reassure the public that there is nothing to fear from genetically modified (GM) DNA, but critics disagree.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 17th June 2004

Superbug with Anthrax Genes
The Bacillus species causing anthrax and food poisoning are closely related to each other and to a third, Bacillus thuringiensis, whose toxin genes are extensively exploited to create genetically modified Bt-crops. ISIS has warned of the potential for dangerous recombinants to emerge; such a recombinant has now been identified. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins caution against growing Bt crops, especially in the Third World
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 16th June 2004

Low Lignin GM Trees and Forage Crops
Prof. Joe Cummins explains why genetically modifying trees and forage crops to reduce their lignin content could make them more susceptible to pests. Other issues related to the GM construct, such as genetic instability, the persistence of antibiotic resistance marker genes in the ecosystem and biosafety in general, have also not been sufficiently considered.
Prof. Joe Cummins 5th June 2004

Pharm Crop Products In US Market
Dangerous GM pharmaceutical crops have been produced and marketed in the United States for at least two years, unbeknownst to the public, via a gaping loophole in the regulatory process
Prof. Joe Cummins 26th May 2004

Bio-remediation Without Caution
A bacterium living inside plants could be improved for cleaning up environmental pollutants without genetic modification. Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reveal that this seemingly beneficial development is beset with danger, as the bacterium concerned is a known pathogen
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 25th May 2004

GM Food & Feed Not Fit for "Man or Beast"
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins review some of the scientific evidence behind a series of recent scandals involving the safety of GM food and feed. They expose fatal flaws in the regulatory process and highlight how Europe is in danger of approving GM varieties that are genetically unstable and hence illegal as well as unsafe. They demand a full enquiry into the abuse of science that has allowed GM crops not fit for human or animal consumption to enter our food chain.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof.Joe Cummins 7th May 2004

Cancer Promoting Transgenic Rice
Transgenic rice containing human insulin-like growth factor, known to promote cancer, is being developed government-funded academic researchers in Canada for commercial production. Prof. Joe Cummins exposes yet another gross violation of biosafety
Prof. Joe Cummins 9th March 2004

New GM Toxin Looms over Our Food
Prof. Joe Cummins issues advance warning of new GM toxin from soil bacterium that's to be incorporated into our food crops
Prof. Joe Cummins 2nd December 2003

The GM National Debate Farce
'What debate?' Asks Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 10th September 2003

Biodefence Contravenes Biosafety
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reports on mounting tension between civil society watchdogs and secrecy surrounding biodefence labs, which provides a test case for how much civil society is entitled to know about biodefence research
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th August 2003

Bio-Defence Mania Grips United States
Suddenly, bio-defence is the buzzword in hundreds of universities, government laboratories and health departments across the United States. Does it make the United States and the world a safer place?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 14th July 2003

Vaccines, Gulf-War Syndrome & Bio-defence
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Malcolm Hooper report on evidence linking vaccines to Gulf-War Syndrome and the controversial US Department of Defence program to immunize millions of service personnel against anthrax
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Malcolm Hooper 11th July 2003

Endogenous Viruses and Chronic Disease
Viruses resident in the human genome may have evolved from jumping genes that increasingly appears to be necessary for the survival of the organism. Some virologists think that we may be creating a range of debilitating chronic diseases by failing to take them seriously into account
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Malcolm Hooper 9th July 2003

Organics for Health
A Chapter from the Independent Science Report, The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World
Here's some of the evidence that Sir John Krebs, Head of UK's Food Standards Agency refuses to acknowledge in his persistent denigration of organic agriculture
ISIS 4th July 2003

SARS Virus Genetically Engineered?
The mystery surrounding the SARS virus deepens. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho raises further questions on whether genetic engineering could have contributed to creating it
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th June 2003

Dynamic Genomics
Evidence has emerged that the cocktail of drugs and environmental hazards to which Gulf War veterans have been exposed all target a special part of the genome thats responsible for the immune response. The consequences are startling, and may have far-reaching relevance for diagnosis and prevention of other chronic diseases
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th June 2003

SARS and Genetic Engineering?
The complete sequence of the SARS virus is now available, confirming it is a new coronavirus unrelated to any previously known. Has genetic engineering contributed to creating it?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 25th April 2003

GM Microbes Invade North America
While the attention of the world is focused on genetically modified (GM) crops, GM microbes have been released for at least six years with little or no public awareness or debate
Prof. Joe Cummins 24th April 2003

Death by DNA Shuffling
Geneticists can now create millions of new viruses and bacteria in a matter of minutes in the laboratory. And there is no regulation to stop them from being effectively released.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 17th April 2003

Bio-Terrorism and SARS
The world has been whipped up into hysteria over terrorist attacks and 'weapons of mass destruction'. Governments want to ban the publication of sensitive scientific research results, and a group of major life sciences editors and authors has concurred. Some even suggest an international body to police research and publication.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 16th April 2003

Transgenic Meat Scandal
How the United States regulatory agencies allowed its universities to pass potentially poisonous transgenic meat to the millions, thus reflecting badly on both the regulatory agencies and the university scientists.
Prof. Joe Cummins 13th February 2003

Allergenic GM Papaya Scandal
How Prof. Joe Cummins uncovered the great scandal of how US regulatory agencies approved a GM papaya even though it carries a viral gene known to be a potential allergen
Prof. Joe Cummins 2nd February 2003

British Doctors Call for Halt to GM Crop Trials
The British Medical Association (BMA), which has a membership of over 120,000 and represents more than 80% of British doctors, has called for a moratorium on GM crop trials in Scotland.
Lim Li Ching 3rd December 2002

Safe Gene Therapy?
The first documented case of cancer from gene therapy has no sooner been announced than the hype of 'safe' alternatives begin
Prof. Joe Cummins 22nd October 2002

Putting Genes in Chloroplast Not "Environmentally Friendly"
Regulatory agencies and the public have traditionally entrusted the scientists developing new technologies to conduct rigorous evaluation and research of their products to ensure safety to human health and the environment. But one biotech CEO bluntly said, "we not in the business of making problems for ourselves", which is why critique by scientists outside industry is sorely needed
Dr. David Quist 21st October 2002

Predicted Hazard of Gene Therapy A Reality
ISIS was almost a lone voice warning of cancer from foreign genes inserting into the genome in 'gene therapy' and other exposures to transgenic DNA. Regrettably, this has now become reality
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 8th October 2002

Acrylamide In Cooked Foods: The Glyphosate Connection
Recent health alert over toxic acrylamide in cooked foods is linked to glyphosate, Prof. Joe Cummins reveals
Prof. Joe Cummins 1st August 2002

GM DNA in Human Gut Underestimated
UK’s Food Standards Agency dismissed its new research findings that GM DNA in food has transferred to bacteria in the human gut. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho reveals how the experiment was designed to bias against positive findings, so the actual transfer of GM DNA could be much more extensive.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st July 2002

Latest Exposé on the Fluid Genome
Russian scientists suggest that circulating DNA from dead cells are taken in by living cells in order to replace mutated genes with good copies. What are the implications for the safety of transgenic DNA?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 2nd May 2002

Doubts Deepen over Safety of AIDS Vaccines
Another key AIDS vaccine is abandoned before phase III trial. This latest setback comes at the end of a string of failures in developing vaccines that may be worse than useless
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 1st May 2002

GM & Bio-weapons in the post-Genomics Era
The possibilities for more lethal bio-weapons have increased in the post-genomics era. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho calls on scientists to take responsibility for the biosafety of their own research at the biosafety conference in The Hague (April 22-26, 2002)
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 30th April 2002

Poison Pharm Crops Near You
Pharm crops are crops genetically modified to produce gene products that are pharmaceutically active. Such bio-pharmaceuticals are frequently active in minute quantities and expensive to produce in cell cultures or whole animals, and so the companies turn to crop plants.
Prof. Joe Cummins 7th March 2002

Scrambled genomes in human gene therapy and transgenic plants
Human gene therapy is usually considered separate and distinct from genetic modification (GM) of crops, but this is misleading.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 7th March 2002

Diabetes Not in the Genes
Type 2 or late onset diabetes has been reaching epidemic proportions in industrialised countries. Diabetes now costs Britain's National Health Service nearly a tenth of its budget. Instead of addressing the environmental causes, huge efforts are invested into identifying 'susceptibility genes'
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 28th February 2002

Genomics for health
Despite heroic efforts to keep up the hype, prospects for genomics – information gathering around genomes, genes and proteins look bleaker than ever before, and for good scientific reasons
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 20th January 2002

US Foodborne Illnesses Up Two to Ten Fold
Genetic engineered food has increased enormously in the United States since 1994. Figures released at the end of 1999 showed a two to tenfold rise in foodrelated illnesses compared with 1994. A Swedish study throws new light and raise important questions on the safety of genetic engineered food.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd November 2001

GM & Biological Weapons, Scientists Call for International Watchdog
In the immediate aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, US and UK government officials have warned of the possibility of further attacks with chemical and biological weapons [1]. This underscores the urgent need to bring biological weapons under international peaceful control.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd October 2001

GM AIDS Virus More Deadly
Researchers have been creating one deadly virus after another in the laboratory, and the latest is ‘SHIV’, a hybrid between the human and monkey AIDS virus containing human interleukin genes that suppress immune response against viruses.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 19th July 2001

Europe to Demand Strict Molecular Characterisation for GMOs?
New 'eventspecific' molecular characterisation devised by Belgian government scientists highly important in the context food safety control . Monsanto's Roundup Ready GM soya is found to have scrambled and unknown genes. Is it legal? Is it safe?
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 22nd May 2001

Genetic Engineering Superviruses II
Can AIDS vaccines generate new viral and bacterial pathogens and trigger cancer, on account of a recombination hotspot in the AIDS viral gene
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 22nd March 2001

E. coli 0157-H7 and Genetic Engineering
The foodborne pathogen E. coliO157H7 has been sequenced. Dr. MaeWan Ho asks whether genetic engineering might have contributed towards its emergence.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st March 2001

MRC Acknowledges GM Food Risks
The UK Medical Research Council has established an Expert Group to consider the risks of GM foods and the feasibility of human studies to assess the risks. Their Report, published in June this year, goes beyond what many other groups have done in acknowledging that GM foods do pose special risks.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Angela Ryan & Prof. Peter Saunders 10th December 2000

Eating Cauliflower Mosaic Virus infected vegetables does not prove that Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Promoter in genetically modified crops is safe
Recently researchers from the John Innes Centre JIC for plant research in Great Britain have again claimed that the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus CaMV promoter used to genetically modify virtually all of the transgenic crops now marketed or being tested for marketing has been proven to be safe for human consumption because humans have been consuming virus infected crucifers for a long time.
Prof. Joe Cummins