To contain gene-altered crops, nip them in the seed

By Ben Harder, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Canadian researchers have demonstrated that, in principle, they can engineer genetically modified (GM) crops to be incapable of breeding with conventional crops or wild relatives. The new approach could help contain the unintended spread of artificial traits, which is a major source of public concern about GM crops.

Although several alternative strategies for such containment exist, "there is no perfect solution," says Johann P. Schernthaner of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa.

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