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A committee convened by the US National Academy of Sciences has expressed strong concern that transgenic animals could damage their wild surroundings.

The report — released on 21 August — lists the possible environmental threats of genetically modified animals on natural ecosystems at the top of scientific concerns associated with animal biotechnology.

The committee also said that it had a "moderate level" of concern that proteins introduced into transgenic animals could cause allergic reactions if eaten by people.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 418, 805 (2002)

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