The National Committee of Bio-Security (regulating research on transgenics in Brazil) has approved a new law making many bureaucratic procedures unnecessary. Back in 1998 research in transgenic beans, potatoes and papaya was quickly developing but was subsequently slowed down because of a judical decision of four years ago, concluding that transgenic plants were to be considered as toxins. This made it necessary to obtain authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture to test such plants in the open fields, slowing down research considerably. A new phase of fast development is now expected.
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