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By Alison Van Eenennaam
University of California at Davis 

Gene-edited food regulations: whether it's a plant or animal shouldn't matter, but it does now


February 27, 2019

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

(THE CONVERSATION) We eat mutations every day. All the vegetables, grains, fruits and meat humans consume as part of their diet are jam-packed with DNA speckled with mutations and beneficial variations.

In 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration proposed to regulate a specific subset of these variations as drugs: in particular, those introduced into animal genomes using modern molecular techniques like gene editing. A drug is “an article (other than food) intende...

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