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A More Rational Approach to Gauging Environmental Threats?

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Science  24 Oct 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5338, pp. 570
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5338.570

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One of the biggest potential payoffs from an environmental genome project is that it could help policy-makers clarify which population groups are most at risk and thus devise rules that better protect sensitive individuals. Data on the prevalence of susceptibility genes could reduce the need for guesswork, in some cases resulting in a less stringent standard and in others a tighter one.