GM Soy Found To Kill Rats - Russian Study
Genetically modified soy affects posterity: Results of Russian scientists' studies
On October 10 2005, during the symposium over genetic modification, organized by the Russian National Association for Genetic Security (NAGS), Doctor of Biology Irina Ermakova made public the results of research led by her at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). This is the first research that determined clear dependence between eating genetically modified soy and the posterity of living creatures.
The death rate the offspring of rats fed GM soy is alarming, to say the least. Why have most Western countries - USA in the lead - approved the stuff for human consumption?
Read the article on the Regnum News Agency's site.
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Most Offspring Died When Mother Rats Ate Genetically Engineered Soy
The Russian scientist planned a simple experiment to see if eating genetically modified (GM) soy might influence offspring. What she got, however, was an astounding result that may threaten a multi-billion dollar industry.
Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), added GM soy flour (5-7 grams) to the diet of female rats. Other females were fed non-GM soy or no soy at all. The experimental diet began two weeks before the rats conceived and continued through pregnancy and nursing.
Ermakova's first surprise came when her pregnant rats started giving birth. Some pups from GM-fed mothers were quite a bit smaller. After 2 weeks, 36% of them weighed less than 20 grams compared to about 6% from the other groups (see photo below).
But the real shock came when the rats started dying. Within three weeks, 25 of the 45 (55.6%) rats from the GM soy group died compared to only 3 of 33 (9%) from the non-GM soy group and 3 of 44 (6.8%) from the non-soy controls.
Ermakova preserved several major organs from the mother rats and offspring, drew up designs for a detailed organ analysis, created plans to repeat and expand the feeding trial, and promptly ran out of research money. The $70,000 needed was not expected to arrive for a year. Therefore, when she was invited to present her research at a symposium organized by the National Association for Genetic Security, Ermakova wrote "PRELIMINARY STUDIES" on the top of her paper. She presented it on October 10, 2005 at a session devoted to the risks of GM food.
Her findings are hardly welcome by an industry already steeped in controversy.
Article of Robin Good: GM Food Dangers Directly Affect Biological Descendants and Future Generations
People eating genetically modified food may have rat-short lifespan
Pravda - 10/27/2005 11:11
It is generally believed that rats, cockroaches and cyanobacteria can survive any biological catastrophe. But recently, researchers have once again stated that there is a delayed action poison which can slowly kill even enduring rodents.
Your diet affects descendants' health
The Ghost in Your Genes - Grandad's diet affects descendants' health
The impact of the food experienced by a child could be passed on to subsequent generations.
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Monday October 31 2005
updated on Saturday December 4 2010
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