OXFORD - Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a call to curb biotech research in Switzerland by a margin of 2-1. The Swiss people were asked in the referendum whether they wanted to see a ban on the use of all transgenic animals, an outright moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops, and a ban on all biotech patents that would have forced Switzerland to withdraw from the European Patent Convention.

After the results were in, anti-biotech activists threw down another gauntlet, saying that they will be back with new proposals to introduce tough controls on genetic engineering.