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England’s gene-editing bill passes into law


Researchers welcome new law that creates simpler regulation and approval process for precision bred crops

A bill creating simpler regulation around precision breeding of crops has passed into law in England.

The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill was given Royal Assent by the King on 23 March. The new law removes precision bred plants from the regulatory system for genetically modified organisms, with the aim of encouraging agricultural and scientific innovation.  

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