On the road to deliberate release.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on the verge of approving for the first time a field test of a live genetically engineered microorganism. The decision is on an experiment proposed by Advanced Genetic Sciences of Greenwich, Conn., that will employ bacteria genetically engineered to prevent frost formation on crop plants (SN: 8/27/83, p. 132). "The odds are extremely good we will be approving it in less than a month," STeven Schatzow of EPA told a meeting in Washington, D.C., of the Industrial Biotechonolgy Association. He expects that approval to be subject to litigation, as was the earlier approval of a similar experiment by the National Institutes of Health (SN: 3/9/85, p. 148). But, he adds, "I don't intend to lose that lawsuit."
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|Title Annotation:||field test of a live genetically engineered organism|
|Date:||Oct 26, 1985|
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