NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Environmental Protection Agency last week formally released the recommendations of a scientific advisory panel assembled earlier this year to explore the possible risks associated with plants modified to express gene-silencing dsRNAs, particularly for insecticidal applications.

Generally, the panel agreed that there appears to be little danger associated with such RNAi molecules for humans and other mammals, but expressed concern over uncertainties about their potential effects on the environment and non-target insects.

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