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Bioassays: A Foundation For Precautionary Principle

Law360 (December 2, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A recent column (“Precaution In Applying The Precautionary Principle”) expressed concerns about the so-called precautionary principle, but unfortunately cited one of the more extreme views of this policy strategy (claiming, basically, that the principle amounted to guilty until proven innocent). In the U.S., the precautionary principle has been much more narrowly defined.

Fundamentally, it looks at testing done with rats, mice and like animals, and then decides (based on the results) if caution is warranted and if so, to what extent.

Taking this more reasonable and...
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