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Government Shoots Down GM Plant Trials

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Science  07 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5549, pp. 2067-2069
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5549.2067b

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ALLSCHWIL, SWITZERLAND-- In a blow to Swiss biotechnology, the government has rejected a high-profile application to conduct field trials of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The decision, now being appealed, has caused widespread consternation among Swiss scientists, who argue that it amounts to a de facto moratorium on field tests of any transgenic plant. Five members of the federal biosafety commission have resigned in protest, including its president, Riccardo Wittek.