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Indian expert resigns from GMO committee

A member of India’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has resigned ahead of the first meeting of an expert scientific committee to determine the kind of tests to be conducted on genetically modified insect-resistant Bt brinjals (aubergines), reports Indian newspaper Business Standard. The resignation of P Anand Kumar, who also heads the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (New Delhi), has come as a result of a “conflict of interest”. Mr Kumar was reportedly dissatisfied with the repeated political interference in GEAC and neglect of science in it. He had been facing criticism for allegedly being the author of a report prepared by six science academies, which had favoured the immediate release of Bt brinjal. It was commissioned by the Environment Minister who later rejected it.

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