This article has been updated with comments from an official with the Wilson Center.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – As new synthetic biology technologies come online and as more commercial applications for them move toward the market, more research is needed in several specific areas to investigate the ecological impacts these engineered organisms may have on the environment, according to a new report.

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