Chromatin, Inc. Release: Team of Experts Releases Guidance on Safe Deployment of Transgenic Sorghum
9/10/2010 8:50:41 AM
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today an article in Nature Biotechnology, authored by an expert panel from academia, government, industry, and non-profit research, provides guidance on the steps required for safe deployment of genetically modified (GM) sorghum. The panel considered nutritionally enhanced GM sorghum developed for cultivation in Africa, where there is a potential for gene flow to wild species (see Hokanson et al., “Biofortified sorghum in Africa: using problem formulation to inform risk assessment”). They advocate a science based process to measure potential risks and benefits, promoting safety while minimizing delays in releasing improved crops. This process includes experiments that measure the potential for benefit and harm and requires only the data necessary for sound regulatory decisions.