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US EPA considers revamp of risk assessment process for RNAi

RNA interference (RNAi) technology is being tipped as the next big thing in the world of crop protection, but the US EPA is concerned that its current risk assessment process may not be up to the task. The Agency says that new pesticides that use the gene silencing technique present "unique challenges" for ecological and human health risk assessments "that have not yet been encountered in assessments for traditional chemical pesticides".

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