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Graduating from GMOs, Can Regulators Keep Up with Syn Bio?

The synthetic biology product floodgates are opening, and U.S. environmental, health, and safety regulators are at risk of drowning. That's the general sentiment expressed in a report released this week by policy researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute, the University of Virginia, and EMBO in Heidelberg. They detail how the increased use of more sophisticated synthetic biology technologies to engineer plants and microbes will present major challenges to government agencies including EPA, FDA, and USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that have oversight of syn-bio-derived products.   More