Material provided by Professor Arpad Pusztai for Greenpeace press conference, 22 of June on MON863
Review of Some of the Significant Differences in the Mon 863 Study:
Follow-up tests needed
Increased Basophil Counts
May indicate allergic reaction
Other studies suggest possible allergic reactions to GM Bt Maize as well.
Increased Lymphocyte Counts
Immune reactions to fight infections, etc.
Lymphocytes increase in the presence of infections, cancer, various toxins, and disease states
Immune-responsiveness assays, ELISPOT, etc
Researchers failed to conduct the customary dry weight test on internal organs, so we cannot be sure if the spleen, which is involved in the creation of lymphocytes, was also affected.
White Blood Cell Counts
Same as above
Decreased Reticulocyte Count
Progenitors of mature erythrocytes (red blood cells)
An allowance of 5% variability in this count is the norm used in food experiments. Astoundingly, Monsanto said that the 52% decrease compared to the parent line was “attributable to normal biological variability.”
Decreased Kidney Weight
To clear waste products
Blood pressure problems
Functional clearance assays
Kidneys are essential vital organs; any inadequacy in kidney function is potentially life threatening.
Essential energy source for normal body function
Insulin and sugar/fat loading assays
An elevation of 10% cannot be written off as biologically insignificant, given the epidemic of diabetes.