First steps towards global biosafety rules

A legally binding protocol to control transboundary movements of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is to be drawn up by 1998 following an agreement reached by 130 countries at the second conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The scope of the protocol remains unclear, and may be extended to cover the handling and use of GMOs as well as addressing questions of liability and socio-economic impacts.

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