The naked/free nucleic acids
created by genetic engineering biotechnology are potentially the most
dangerous xenobiotics to pollute our environment. Unlike chemical
pollutants which dilute out and degrade over time, nucleic acids can be
taken up by all cell to multiply, mutate and recombine indefinitely. The
need for regulatory oversight at both national and international levels is
long overdue. It is irresponsible to continue to exclude naked/free
nucleic acids from the scope of the Biosafety Protocol.