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Could Transgenic Supercrops One Day Breed Superweeds?

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Science  11 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5285, pp. 180-181
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5285.180


Seattle--In the United States, government officials are approving more and more transgenic crops for widespread field testing. But based on new data on the frequency of gene transfer, some ecologists fear that advantageous genes, such as those that confer virus resistance, could escape from the crops into wild plants and create a hardier race of weeds.