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Press release - 11 April 2008
GM: let true science prevail!
Open letter to the French Prime Minister Mr François Fillon; ministers for the Environment: Mr Jean-Louis Borloo and Ms Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet; and the minister for Health Ms Roselyne Bachelot, concerning the current debate on genetically modified (GM) products
GM : LET TRUE SCIENCE PREVAIL !
The current debate concerning legislation of GM products betrays a lack of understanding of human health issues. This lack of informed opinion applies both to those in favour, as well as those who are against GM products. The problem will not be solved by appointing high-level committees, who may, or may not, provide clear guidelines . Rather, we should apply common sense and good science by studying the effects of these GM products directly on human cell cultures.
Such science has been around for the last 15 years - so-called "omics" technology – which reveal the biological response of cells in culture to environmental stresses and other agents. The know-how to apply these research methods is readily available in France. The group Antidote Europe is among the organisations that are familiar with this technology, and in particular, the application known as “toxicogenomics”, which measures changes in gene expression in cells exposed to chemical substances or other environmental stressors (visit http://www.antidote-europe.org).
Antidote Europe has identified
three areas of risk with respect to GM products:
In the absence of a sound scientific evaluation, based on human cells, consumers will continue to be exposed to a largely unquantifiable risk posed by GM products.
Antidote Europe is a non profit organisation whose principal aim is the improvement of human health through sound science and preventive measures.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to receive any additional material. We should like to inform you that we are releasing this letter to the media.
Dr Claude REISS Molecular
biologist, President of Antidote Europe ; Tel :+33 04 76 36 35 87 ;
04 68 80 53 32