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Italian Scientists Blast GMO Restrictions

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2046
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2046

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COPENHAGEN-- While plant scientists around the world celebrate the complete sequence of the genome of the mustardlike plant Arabidopsis thaliana (see p. 2054), embattled colleagues in Italy are protesting new rules that bar all field trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The researchers hope to turn the prevailing tide by bringing their plight to the attention of colleagues around the world and exerting pressure on their government through a petition drive.