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Ray Dobert

Biotech Regulatory Policy Lead, Monsanto Company

Expert Bio

I’ve held a variety of roles in Monsanto’s biotech regulatory group since joining the company in 1998. Previously I worked at USDA-APHIS as a Biotechnologist reviewer and as the Coordinator of the Biotechnology Information Center based at the USDA’s National Agricultural Library. I received my Ph.D. in Agronomy-Crop Physiology and conducted my post-doctoral research in plant-microbe molecular genetics.

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Q: Does Monsanto crops or products contain the Epicyte gene or any other gene that acts in the same way to create antibodies that kill or block sperm?

Answered By Ray Dobert - Aug 01, 2013

A: No, none of our products has ever contained gene encoding for anti-sperm antibodies.  To answer your specific question about Epicyte: we did not have any agreements with Epicyte or Biolex Therapeutics (the company that acquired Epicyte in 2004) to conduct joint research or develop products.  Claims that Monsanto was involved in the research or development of food crops containing antibodies that kill or block sperm are incorrect.  [...]

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Q: Does Monsanto crops or products contain the Epicyte gene or any other gene that acts in the same way to create antibodies that kill or block sperm?

Answered By Ray Dobert - Sep 13, 2013

A: No, none of our products have ever contained genes encoding for anti-sperm antibodies.  To answer your specific question about Epicyte: we did not have any agreements with Epicyte or Biolex Therapeutics (the company that acquired Epicyte in 2004) to conduct joint research or develop products.  Claims that Monsanto was involved in the research or development of food crops containing antibodies that kill or block sperm are incorrect.  [...]

Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made

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Q: Having researched the topic, I don't believe there are any immediate health problems associated with consuming GMOs. However, what worries me is the potential repercussions on the environment and the gene pool. How can companies such as Monstanto and DuPo

Answered By Ray Dobert - Dec 20, 2013

A: Thanks for your question regarding potential long-term impacts of GM crops on the environment.  We are getting close to having 20 years of commercial experience with the first GM crops, and to date there have not been any notable negative environmental impacts associated with these products. GM crops have been integrated into existing agricultural systems and, in many instances, have prompted a reduction in the impacts that agriculture can have on the environment. For additional information to answer your question, take a look at this previous answer by Bruce Chassy, professor emeri [...]

Environment GMOs Globally Health & Safety

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Q: Would you please post the actual safety data (not summaries) submitted to and reviewed by the FDA for the sweet corn event currently in the market?

Answered By Ray Dobert - Feb 07, 2014

A: Below are the links to the petitions for sweet corn that are posted on the USDA website.  USDA reviewed each of these petitions prior to deregulating these corn products and allowing seed companies to sell seed to U.S. farmers for planting. While FDA does not post these petitions online, the USDA petitions are excellent references because they contain nearly all of the same information and data (including the details on our testing methods) that were submitted to FDA as part of the food safety consultation. The key difference is that the information in these petitions is presented i [...]

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