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Genetically modified foods and the Pusztai affair

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1284
  1. Jonathan M Rhodes (, Professor of medicine
  1. University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GA

    EDITOR—In his clinical review on genetically modified foods Jones implies that Pusztai had tested only the effects of potato spiked with concanavalin A (a lectin) at the Rowett Institute.1 The initial dissemination of this incorrect information followed by the inappropriate suspension of Pusztai and the suspicion of fraud implied by instituting an audit according to Medical Research Council guidelines led some scientists, including me, to defend Pusztai, whom we know to be an honourable and careful scientist. The report of the audit conducted at the Rowett Institute ( clearly …

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