What's behind China's GM caution?
In this article, Ding Yimin and Jeffrey Mervis report that the government's recent refusal to approve commercial distribution of a GM rice variety, and a crackdown on foreign investment in the field, appear to contradict the government's growing investment in domestic research in agricultural biotechnology.
Chinese officials point to growing concern about biosafety as the reason. But many observers suspect that this is just a smokescreen for a tougher trade policy.
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Reference: Science 298, 2317 (2002)