DATABASE: Biotech Safety Storehouse

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Science  12 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5664, pp. 1589
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5664.1589e

Before it reaches the feed trough or the dinner table, a genetically modified (GM) crop might have to pass scrutiny from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration. Helping to inform the debate over the safety of GM organisms is a new federal database listing all engineered food plants that have garnered U.S. government approval. Search the database by crop, type of modification, and developer to find the agencies' health and environmental risk reviews for plants such as soybeans with extra oleic acid (a heart-sparing substance) and corn that rebuffs bugs by producing the natural insecticide Bt toxin.

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