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GM maize confirmed in native Mexican lines

Genetically modified maize lines have crossed into native conventional varieties in Mexico, UK publication New Scientist reports. The magazine says that the discovery ends a long-running controversy. The science journal, Nature, disowned a 2001 paper that it published, reporting the spread of maize transgenes in the country ( Agrow No 398, p 21). New Scientist cites a study from the National Autonomous University of Mexico City, which has found that transgenes are present in “about 1%” of native varieties, backing the findings of the 2001 study. The researchers analysed 2,000 samples of native maize. Mexico does not have regulated planting of GM maize, but has developed biosafety legislation paving the way for trials (see this issue).

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