Monarch Press Release Raises Eyebrows

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Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1663
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1663

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ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS-- The conference held here on 2 November was not yet over, and researchers were still heatedly debating whether corn that had been genetically modified to make Bt, a protein toxic to insects, harms monarch butterflies. Yet newspaper headlines that day indicated that the butterflies were not in danger. How could the newspapers have known the upshot of the conference before the researchers themselves did?