The US-based Monsanto Company, one of the largest producers of genetically modified foods and at same time reportedly involved in multiple lawsuits and controversies, across the globe has met its latest challenger in an Indian-origin scientist, the ‘email’ inventor Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai.
Ayyadurai, an MIT graduate who holds the first US patent for email, has recently exposed a lack of acceptable testing standards for Monsanto’s GMOs through research published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Science.
“The results predict significant accumulation of formaldehyde and concomitant depletion of glutathione in the GMO, suggesting how a ‘small’ and single GM creates ‘large’ and systemic perturbations to molecular systems equilibria”, Ayydaurai wrote in the abstract to his paper, importantly refuting the claim of the top GMO producer that genetic modifications are just a harmless extension of the natural process of plant breeding.
“If Monsanto can disprove the fact that there are no safety assessment standards for GMOs, the conclusion of our fourth paper, then I will give them my $10 million building”, said the MIT-graduate Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai.
As a high school student in 1979, he is renounced for developing an electronic version of an inter-office mail system, which he called "Email" and copyrighted it, three years later in 1982. Ayyadurai was a lecturer at MIT until 2012, in 2009 Shiva Ayyadurai was hired as a CSIR consultant with a full-time leadership role, but was later fired by the UPA government; he later attributed this to his attempts to root out corruption.