Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
Petition and comments
6060 people have signed the petition
The Don't Destroy Research petition is now closed, many thanks to everyone who signed it. Below is the list of signatories and their comments. You can also see a collection of public support for the Rothamsted researchers' appeal here.
The planned direct action against the GM wheat experiment at Rothamsted did not happen on Sunday 27th May. The GM wheat trial is ongoing.
Richard Weber, Professor of Mathematics for Operational Research
Robin Evans, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Andre McLean, Professor
Research can be used for good or ill. This research is for good, dont confuse knowledge with bad use of knowledge.
Cliff Wilson, grapic designer
Eleanor Green, research scientist
Philip Dawid, Professor of Statistics
This is important scientific research, performed with the utmost care, with enormous potential for good. And if any potential for harm is discovered (which it won't be unless the experiment is properly complete), this knowledge will itself be used to guard against that harm. Trashing the field is the wrong emotional response to a question that deserves reasoned consideration.
Jeremy Ward, Scientific researcher, professor
Gerard Briscoe, Researcher
There is little point in destroying the research of GM crops. The time to take action would be after the the results of the research are published.
Rose Shapiro, Writer
Alexander MacKinnon, Lecturer
Antonio blanco, PROFESSOR OF AGRICULTURAL GENETICS
Leonard J. Beans Foy, Retired Public Administrator
Simon Witheford, Sales
Peter Wilkinson, Retired Bank Manager, part-time ornithological consultant
Jo Van Ginderachter, Scientific researcher, Professor
Life scientists working in publically funded research institutes are probably amongst the most idealistic people around, almost exclusively driven by finding ways to improve our society (be it from a biomedical or environmental point of view) in a non-for-profit fashion. Fear for the unknown is usually a bad source of inspiration. As an example, nowadays environmentalists would probably have been witch hunted a couple of centuries ago.
Helmut van Emden, Eneritus Professor of Horticulture
In the experiment in question, the gene transferred poses zero risk and if results are good, only reductions in chemical ecological contamination could result.
Andy Gardiner, Company Director
Nikolaou, PhD Student