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Genetic modifications to fight plant viruses get green light in EPA exemption proposals

Regulatory hurdles facing developers of some transgenic virus-resistant plants will be cut down under two rules proposed by EPA last week. The agency is proposing exemptions from FIFRA and the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) for some genetic modifications that give plants resistance to viral diseases. This would allow developers to bring resistant plant varieties to market sooner and at much lower cost than if they had to go through the full pesticide regulatory process.

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