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Tiptoeing around transgenics

New techniques for manipulating plant genomes are yielding plants touted as nontransgenic. Will that relieve regulatory burden? Emily Waltz investigates.

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Waltz, E. Tiptoeing around transgenics. Nat Biotechnol 30, 215–217 (2012).

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