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Gentechnik und falsche Wissenschaft

STANFORD – In der heutigen Medienlandschaft, in der unbegründete Meinungen, Hypes und Gerüchte vorherrschen, sollte die wissenschaftliche Methode – anhand derer wir auf Grundlage empirischer und messbarer Beweise die Wahrheit finden – als Prüfstein der Wirklichkeit gelten. Wissenschaft ermöglicht uns, zu testen, was wir zu wissen glauben, und herauszufinden, was wir nicht wissen. Wichtiger noch ist, dass sie falsche Behauptungen widerlegt, die aus persönlichen oder politischen Gründen aufgestellt wurden – oder dies zumindest sollte.

Aber Wissenschaftler wechseln gelegentlich die Seiten und geben – für Ruhm oder wirtschaftlichen Gewinn – die wissenschaftliche Methode auf, um Propaganda zu machen und in der Öffentlichkeit, die sich nicht auskennt, aber hungrig nach Informationen ist, Ängste zu schüren. Dieser Missbrauch wissenschaftlicher Autorität ist besonders in der „biologischen“ oder „natürlichen“ Lebensmittelindustrie weit verbreitet, die aus der Angst der Menschen vor synthetischen oder „unnatürlichen“ Produkten Kapital schlägt.

Ein aktuelles Beispiel dafür ist der indisch-amerikanische Wissenschaftler V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, der gemeinsam mit Prabhakar Deonikar den weithin verspotteten Aufsatz „Do GMOs Accumulate Formaldehyde and Disrupt Molecular Systems Equilibria? Systems Biology May Provide Answers“ veröffentlicht hat. („GMOs“ sind „genetisch manipulierte Organismen“, was selbst eine irreführende und oft unfair stigmatisierte Nicht-Kategorie ist, die ein Universum von Organismen beschreibt, die mit den modernsten und präzisesten gentechnischen Mitteln verändert wurden.)

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