Claim: GMO rice linked to leukemia outbreak

Svartbjørn

Senior Member
It seems to be within the text of the story, itself. The reference to the extant pollution. Hardly worthy of a "causal" connection to leukemia via any sort of 'GMO foods'.
Right.. but is the post supporting or refuting what's posted in the article? What's RF's specific claim based on that article? Does he think its bogus, does he think that GMO rice is causing the leukemia etc? Does he have any evidence for/against his position etc?
 

RFMarine

Member
well specifically i'm wondering about the claim that GM rice was linked to leukemia. There are older 2013-ish articles that debunk the mechanism of gmo specifically BT toxin causing leukemia

http://www.biofortified.org/2013/05/leukemia/

but thats a general refutation casting doubt on the mechanism of action. I'm looking for one specific to that claim that a certain university in china experienced a leukemia epidemic. Its a new claim so its possible that a specific refutation will only come up later

so far the only objection I can say is that there seem to be no mainstream news reports from either chinese or western news agencies about this. All the reports come from fringe/conspiracy/anti gmo websites which gives one doubt as to whether the news is real or not
 

Svartbjørn

Senior Member
well specifically i'm wondering about the claim that GM rice was linked to leukemia. There are older 2013-ish articles that debunk the mechanism of gmo specifically BT toxin causing leukemia

http://www.biofortified.org/2013/05/leukemia/

but thats a general refutation casting doubt on the mechanism of action. I'm looking for one specific to that claim that a certain university in china experienced a leukemia epidemic. Its a new claim so its possible that a specific refutation will only come up later

so far the only objection I can say is that there seem to be no mainstream news reports from either chinese or western news agencies about this. All the reports come from fringe/conspiracy/anti gmo websites which gives one doubt as to whether the news is real or not
Do you know which University affected by the "outbreak?"
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member
Here's the claim -

 

RFMarine

Member
Here's the claim -

it is a blog so there is doubt as to its authenticity
 

RFMarine

Member
I've found this article at Kevin Folta's blog:
http://kfolta.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/gmo-leukemia-outbreak-in-china.html?m=1

It might not be the roundest of debunks, but seeing as every other instance simply was an anti GMO site repeating the same claims almost word for word, it seems reasonable, even showing an email from a friend supposedly at the University stating that "The information is not accurate" and that they know nothing of the claims.
okay its a start
 

Dan Wilson

Senior Member
There doesn't seem to be much reliable information about this particular story as of yet. As far as GMO's and leukemia goes, the idea is not new. There has not, however, been any evidence to suggest that there is a real link between the two. Myles Power gives a good rundown of it. He may come off as rude at times, but the experiments that attempt to back these anti-GMO ideas are often genuinely poorly designed and his information is scientifically sound.

http://mylespower.co.uk/2013/07/18/...cry1ab-cry1ac-or-cry2aa-in-swiss-albino-mice/

 
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