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Has GM Corn 'Invaded' Mexico?

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1617-1619
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1617

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On 21 February, Mexican newspapers reported that two teams of government researchers had confirmed the finding, published in Nature last November, that transgenic corn was growing in Mexico, the heartland of maize diversity. Yet at the same time, a scathing editorial in the February issue of Transgenic Research charged that the researchers had presented "no credible evidence ... to justify any of [their] conclusions." Meanwhile, Nature was weighing the publication of no fewer than four biting critiques of the article.