The 22 scientists forward their letter protesting the unethical procedures to Professor Robert Russell,
Professor Emeritus, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Tufts University School of Medicine.
The letter denounces
the experiments being conducted by The University; experiments which involve the feeding of genetically modified Golden Rice to human subjects (adults and children.)
The authors are all senior scientists / academics with a professional interest in the health and environmental effects of GMOs.
The letter is specific about the trials they group objects to, namely;
Three trials described on the US Clinical Trials web site:
1. Project NCT 00680355.
Bioavailability of Golden Rice Carotenoids in Humans.
2. Project NCT 00082420.
Retinol Equivalence of Plant Carotenoids in Children.
3. Project NCT 00680212.
Vitamin A Equivalence of Plant Carotenoids in Children.
The scientists are concern because the variety of Golden Rice
used in these experiments (GR2) ]is , among other reasons,
inadequately described in terms of biological and biochemical characterisation on the Clinical Trials web site and indeed anywhere else in the publicly available literature, and has woefully inadequate pre-clinical evaluation. It is a genetically modified product which has not been shown to be distinctive, uniform and stable over time.
The letter's signatories say the trail are unethical and potentially dangerous and MUST be stopped. They ask the addressee to undertake a thorough review of why and how they were approved and funded in the first place.
The letter is a formal protest,
and the group want it forwarded to the relevant authorities at USDA, FDA, NIDDK, NIH and the US State Department.