December 16, 2012
Three scientists in China were fired for ethics violations last week, months after a Greenpeace report accused them of secretly testing genetically modified rice on schoolchildren.
The tests were conducted four years ago on 25 students between the ages of six and eight at a primary school in Hunan province, Shanghaiist reports. For their lunches, the children were given genetically modified “golden rice,” which had been nutritionally enhanced to address vitamin A deficiencies.
[...] China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the children’s parents were given consent forms for the experiment, but were not told specifics about the experiment or notified that the rice was genetically modified.