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Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 343
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.343a

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Swiss biologists believe they have won a decisive victory in a 9-year battle with campaigners opposed to genetically modified (GM) organisms. Last week the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss parliament, voted to accept watered-down legislation governing gene technology. To the relief of researchers, the council deleted measures that would restrict research and impose a 5-year moratorium on commercial release of GM organisms.