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Vivian Moses

Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, King's College London Co-Editor, GM Crops & Food

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A biochemist and microbiologist by profession and experience, he acquired an interest in biotechnology in the 1970s, originally as it relates to the oil industry. When agricultural biotechnology began to offer products on the retail market, he became particularly concerned with consumer reactions and behaviour; since the mid 1990s, he has been active in exploring and promoting the public understanding of GM crops and foods via both the CropGen information service (of which he is chairman) and several EU projects. Formerly professor of microbiology at Queen Mary College, University of London, he is currently visiting professor of biotechnology at King's College and of biology at University College.

As well as having published more than 160 research papers and reviews, he is the  co-author and co-editor of several books on biotechnology,  including a major textbook Biotechnology - The Science and the Business (1991; 2d ed., 1999), in which engineering, commercial, and legal considerations were discussed alongside the science.  In 1987 he helped to found Archæus Ltd., a small biotechnology start-up company exploring the use of microbiology for improving the recovery of crude oil from reservoirs. 

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Q: According to Natural, the EFSA, which is essentially Europe's version of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has made a complete turnaround and is now stating the Seralini’s “research methods are, in fact, more robust than currently

Answered By Vivian Moses - Sep 14, 2013

A: The following article from summarizes the views of Professor Vivian Moses, King's College, London, and Dr. Allison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis on the EFSA guidelines. Excerpt from "The Way it's Done"; August 12, 2013 (For full text, please click: …Recently one group has attempted to use guidelines issued by the European Food Safety Authority in a new allegation: that they validate the long-term GM feeding studies which found serious health effects from NK603 maize (4). Nine specific points were mentioned; in pa [...]

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