Summarizing the state of regulation worldwide of the environmental aspects of biotechnology is a daunting task. First, there is the scope: each of the twelve countries surveyed here has started to develop its own independent approach to the subject. In addition, the pattern is kaleidoscopic. The regulatory structure has not been finalized in any country; regulation is in a state of global flux. Regulations that are specifically aimed at biotechnology are under consideration in many countries.1
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