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NAS Asks for More Scrutiny of GM Crops

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1619-1620
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1619a

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture needs to strengthen its procedures for approving field tests and commercialization of transgenic plants, a National Research Council committee concluded in a report released last week. Although transgenic crops don't pose a greater risk than that of products of conventional breeding, the committee said, traits introduced by either technique can pose risks to the environment.