News of the WeekMEXICAN BIOTECHNOLOGY

New Law Could Turn Scientists Into Outlaws

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Science  31 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5573, pp. 1591
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5573.1591

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A sweeping new law effectively bans most biotechnology in Mexico. So broad are its restrictions, in fact, that they could block researchers from working with any transgenic organisms, even in the lab. Although Parliament passed the law in February, many of the nation's molecular biologists are just now learning of it, and they are up in arms.

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