NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to implement a strategic plan for how it will evaluate toxic chemical risks in the future that will lean heavily on genomics and molecular biology.

The unique demands of toxic analysis includes a need for increased knowledge about life-stage vulnerabilities, genetic susceptibilities, and bearing an increase in the expense of toxic testing have pushed EPA to develop "a new approach" that is based on advances in molecular biology and computational sciences, EPA said this week.

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