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A panel put together by Japan's health ministry is poised to release rules governing genome-edited agricultural and marine products,according to NHK World.

This, it adds, could mean that such products could be on the market in a few months. In a separate report, NHK notes that the technology could be used to develop, for instance, more prolific rice or larger red sea bream.

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