Scary Potatoes

March 3rd, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, gm | 96 Comments »

Ben Goldacre
Saturday March 3, 2007
The Guardian

In 1998 Arpad Pusztai claimed on national television and in the media that GM potatoes stunted rats’ growth and damaged their immune system. When the research was finally published, over a year later, it turned out to be significantly flawed.

During the crucial two days after the GM ‘Frankenstein Foods‘ story broke, Read the rest of this entry »

Newton’s Apple Thinktank Launch

October 16th, 2006 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, gm, MMR | 44 Comments »

Today I'm participating in the launch of Newton's Apple, Britain's first science think tank, and about time too. It's the brainchild of Dr Ian Gibson MP and the whole thing kicks off with an essay collection being launched today, featuring Sir Crispin Tickell, Colin Pillinger, Sir Richard Sykes, er, me (I am not a knight) and lots of fabulous other people looking at education, space, politics, and lots more. My contribution is below, and I think all the essays might be on the website. There's also a press party launch thing today at which I will eat free food.

Now, for my own part, I am almost pathologically not a joiner, because I always worry about what collective hive opinions I might be signing up to, but this strikes me as being a thoroughly wholesome Read the rest of this entry »