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The New York Times reports this morning that while it remains a mystery how an Oregon field ended up with genetically modified wheat growing in it, from seeds that had been created and supposedly discontinued by Monsanto, few scientists are surprised: "Even with extensive precautions, gene-altered plants turn up in unwanted places regularly enough that farmers have come to consider a few of them weeds, and even a threat to their livelihood.

"And while none of them yet poses any known public health hazard, experts say the boom in so-called transgenic crops should prompt even more careful evaluation of future varieties with an eye to the prospect that they, too, could eventually appear elsewhere."

Monsanto officials call this case "a random isolated occurrence," with no evidence that "the wheat had moved beyond the single farm or that its seeds were in the seed stocks that the farmer used to plant his fields." And, scientists say, there is little likelihood that "the Monsanto wheat likely to spread elsewhere."

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