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UNL receives $372,982 grant

Funding will help improve toxicity testing of genetically-engineered foods


EPA's National Center for Environmental Research has awarded a $372,982 grant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a research project designed to improve the testing of genetically-engineered foods.

The university's grant for Exploratory Investigations in Food Allergy comes from EPA's Science to Achieve Results Program. STAR engages the nation's best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA's intramural r esearch program and those of EPA's partners in other federal agencies.

Through the grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers will improve toxicity testing for pesticide proteins introduced into foods through genetic engineering. Results of the research are expected to aid in the understanding of food allergies and the safety assessment of new proteins incorporated into foods, such as those for pest resistance.

"EPA Region 7 congratulates the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for its success in the STAR grant competition," said Acting Regional Administrator William Rice. "We have every reason to expect that its efforts on this project will contribute to the body of knowledge about food safety."

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