COPENHAGEN-The release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment us now against the law in Denmark.

The Law on Gene Technology and Environment, passed this summer, is unique among actions taken by other countries in its being an Act of Parliament. here, rules concerning recombinant DNA research are only advisory.

The Minister for Environment has the authority to approve deliberate release of such organisms "in special cases" as defined by the law. The minister also must approve the discard of waste water with gene-spliced or cell-fused organisms from production facilities. The law, in effect, requires biotechnology firms to meet the same criteria as heavily polluting industries.

"We are happy that a law was passed," said Jesper Toft of NOAH, the most influential environmental group in the country, "but it remains to be seen how effective it will be."

Research and development are not regulated by the law. But registration of...

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