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Scientists point out risks of genetically modified animals

(Aug. 22, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Genetically modifying animals poses environmental and human health risks that the federal government likely can't handle, according to a National Academy of Sciences panel discussion earlier this week.

The scientists focused their concerns on genetically altered fish and insects. They "can escape easily, are highly mobile and can set up breeding populations in the wild. Fast-growing gene-altered fish that escaped might easily outcompete wild cousins and drive them to extinction," according to a story in The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A42216-2002Aug20.html