FDA approves clones for food
Meat and milk from cloned animals is as safe as food from conventionally bred animals, the Food and Drug Administration ruled. The finding effectively ends an unofficial moratorium on the use of cloned animals in food products. Consumer groups opposed the move, arguing that the long-term safety of food from cloned livestock has not been established. Currently, the supply of cloned animals is too small to use for anything but breeding. But agricultural groups say the FDA ruling opens the way for them to make exact copies of their most productive animals, improving output and nutritional quality.
Bridge design faulted
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A design flaw was responsible for last summer’s collapse of a Minneapolis bridge, the National Transportation Safety Board said this week. The I-35W bridge, which stretches across the Mississippi, collapsed last August, killing 13 and injuring 100. The NTSB blamed the structure’s failure on faulty steel plates that link the girders supporting the bridge. The board urged states to inspect all bridges using similar designs and replace the plates if necessary.
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