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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2007--Rebecca Bech has been named deputy administrator for biotechnology regulatory services (BRS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

“Rebecca has many years of experience with APHIS and has been with BRS since the program's inception in 2002,” said APHIS Administrator Cindy Smith. “I can't think of a better person to lead BRS and I'm pleased she's agreed to the challenge.”

Bech began her career with APHIS in 1986 and has served in varying roles covering a range of activities from field work to headquarters. She most recently served as associate deputy administrator for BRS' emerging and international programs and as acting deputy administrator for BRS.

APHIS' mission is to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. As part of this mission, BRS is responsible for regulating the importation, interstate movement and field testing of genetically engineered organisms. APHIS programs protect U.S. agriculture from foreign animal and plant pests and disease, control and eradicate certain domestic pests and disease, administrate laws pertaining to the humane care of animals and carry out wildlife management activities.

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