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Keeping Modified Genes Where They Belong

Federal regulators of biotechnology, some scientists, and citizens are concerned about potential gene flow from biotech crops crossing over into non-engineered plants. In a bioenergy crop such as switchgrass, University of Tennessee researchers have addressed that concern by engineering plants that do not flower and have sterile seeds and pollen. Project success will advance our technological toolkit and help allay fears of gene flow in engineered crops.

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