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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US government has the fundamental regulatory authorities it needs to oversee the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, but some types of plant and microbial engineering pose challenges that will require policy responses, though not necessarily new regulations, according to a new federally funded report.

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