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EPA Proposal Would Exempt Some GMOs From Registry

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Science  06 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6030, pp. 652
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6030.652

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Some researchers are arguing that plants dubbed "cisgenic," that is, containing only genetic material from sexually compatible species, be exempted from the scrutiny and safety tests that agencies currently demand for transgenic plants on a case-by-case basis. In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened a request for comments on a draft rule that would exempt cisgenic organisms from the requirement to be registered with EPA before being field-tested or marketed. The comment period, which closed 15 April, drew strong words from scientists on both sides of the broader debate about genetically modified organisms.