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TV Drama Sparks Scientific Backlash

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Science  14 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5575, pp. 1948-1949
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5575.1948b

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The plot of the recent BBC thriller "Fields of Gold"--in which a gene for vancomycin resistance is inadvertently transferred from wheat into the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, provoking a deadly and uncontrollable outbreak of staph infections--is far-fetched, many experts say. Some scientists, concerned that the alarming story line will erode already low public confidence over the safety of GM crops, mounted a high-profile attack last week.