Biosafety of molecular farming in genetically modified plants

Last updated on 4-1-2022 by Adinda De Schrijver

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The use of genetically modified plants for large-scale production of recombinant compounds for pharmaceutical or industrial use, known as plant molecular farming, holds several promises. However, any development in this field must be counterbalanced by a thorough evaluation of risks to human health and the environment. The possible impact of accidental contamination of the food and feed chain or of transgene spread in the environment, in particular when major food/feed crops grown in open fields are involved, highlights the need to carefully address some important issues during the safety a…

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