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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
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene. The finding - published quietly in a new journal [1] - has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even more so for consumers and farmers. See http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Potentially_Dangerous_Virus_Gene_in_GM_Crops.php for the balance of the article and http://www.i-sis.org.uk/index.php for more information and opinion concerning GM crops. 1. Podevin N and du Jardin P. Possible consequences of the overlap between the CaMV 35S promoter regions in plant transformation vectors used and the viral gene VI in transgenic plants. GM Crops and Food 2012, 3, 1-5.