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Clamping Down on DNA in France, Opening Up GMOs in Europe

Here's a story to warm the cockles of all non-French hearts. France's parliament just passed a bill that "introduces tighter curbs on foreigners hoping to join relatives in France -- including possible DNA tests," according to this story from BBC. (The DNA tests would be used to prove an applicant's relation to someone already living in the country.) Supporters say this will help speed up approval for legitimate applicants, the article says, but "critics have attacked the law as racist and questioned the use of genetics as a basis for being allowed into France."

In totally unrelated news, the European Union authorized imports of the first GMO crop products since 1998. The four newly permitted crops -- three varities of maize and a sugar beet -- may be used in food or animal feed, according to this wire story. The decision comes as a result of a default legal process that takes over when EU ministers can't come to consensus on an issue after three months, the article says.

 

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