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Transgenic Corn Ban Sparks a Furor

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Science  21 Feb 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5303, pp. 1063
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5303.1063

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PARIS—Axel Kahn, one of France's leading geneticists, has quit as president of the nation's Biomolecular Engineering Commission, which regulates the use of genetically altered organisms, after a government decision to prohibit cultivation of transgenic corn in France. The government's action came exactly 1 week after it had approved transgenic corn for consumption by humans and animals, and 2 months after the European Commission gave the green light to its commercialization in Europe, largely at the insistence of France.