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This plan, according the agency's website, is centered on three interrelated components: (1) the use of toxicity pathways identification and use of this information in screening and prioritization of chemicals for further testing; (2) the use of toxicity pathways information in risk assessment; and (3) the institutional transition necessary to implement such practices across the agency.
According to the EPA, the new methods use recent advances in molecular biology, genomics and computational sciences. When fully implemented, the agency said it will be able to screen thousands of environmental chemicals quickly for potentially harmful effects. The plan will also allow agency scientists to look at how children may react differently to the same chemicals as adults.