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"The scientist who is the subject of a congressional investigation into an international body's declaration that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans," told DTN he did not hold back information that was contrary to the finding. Dr. Aaron Blair, a scientist at the National Cancer Institute, is alleged to have withheld contrary information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, or IARC. The agency reached the conclusion on glyphosate in March 2015. Earlier this week, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., pressed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for information as to why Blair, of the National Cancer Institute and a senior researcher on the Agricultural Health Study -- who also led the IARC's review of glyphosate -- did not share unpublished data with the IARC that showed no cancer connection with glyphosate. Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter Tuesday to the NIH asking for information about Blair's activities. Congress became involved in questioning the IARC's decision after it came to light the World Health Organization, or WHO, received funding from the U.S. government. IARC relies on published studies as part of its process of examining chemicals and other materials for cancer links. Blair told DTN he did not hold back his findings from the Agriculture Health Study. "Findings from the AHS were included in the IARC review," he said. "These were published and showed no association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and use of glyphosate and this is noted in the IARC monograph. "It is the work on an extended follow-up of the AHS on glyphosate that was not complete at the time of the review and, following IARC rules, these data were not included. But the negative findings from the AHS in the published literature were fully considered," he explained...In the letter this week, Gowdy said the House committee is "concerned about these new revelations, especially given Dr. Blair's apparent admission that the AHS study was 'powerful,' and would alter IARC's analysis of glyphosate." The committee asked for a briefing with the NIH by Aug. 22, as well as documents and communications referring or relating to the decision whether to publish the AHS findings on glyphosate, and all documents and communications to or from Blair related to the AHS findings on glyphosate."

Posted August 11th, 2017
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