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Shotgun vs. scalpel

Molecular biologist Holger Puchta has been researching modern plant breeding methods for years. Genome editing is faster and more precise than conventional mutagenesis. He therefore welcomes the EU Commission's proposal to relax restrictions on genetic engineering methods in plant breeding.

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