However, due to the statutes and rights that govern the medical field, it is not possible to use human as specimen so rats have been used instead. The rats were fed on a full-time diet of some best-selling brand of genetically modified corn. Though a number of scientists have disregarded the study claiming it is baseless, let us look at the results obtained that could give a limelight to what awaits humans in the use of the genetically modified food products. According to Poulter, 2012, who reported on the results of the study, the rats which were fed on a lifelong diet of the genetically modified corn developed tumors and the majority of their organs stopped functioning in the right way.
This study was done by French scientists. The control set up was done by other rats which were fed on normal meals that were not genetically modified. Among the rats that were fed on the genetically modified corn, an average of 65 percent of them was found to have developed tumors by the 24th month. However, only about 30th of the ones that were fed on the normal diet were found to have developed the tumors (Poulter, web).
Seventy percent of the females which were fed with the genetically modified food died before they reached maturity while only twenty percent of the control group died before reaching the maturity age. Another notable difference was on the size of the tumors. The size of the tumors in the rats fed with the genetically modified food had tumors thrice as big as the ones that were not fed with the food that had been genetically modified. The tumors that developed in the rats in the control group occurred at fourteen months of age compared to the seven months in the other group.
The deaths caused were due to the tumors forming being so large that they prevented the rats from breathing. This study caused much controversy in the scientific field as to whether the tumors were caused by the consumption of the genetically modified food and whether it was possible for the same effect to be seen in humans.
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