LONDON, July 19, 2001 - The fallout over revelations of airborne genetically modified organisms came to a head in Britain last week as "devolved" voters in England, Scotland and Wales came together to install a Conservative government.

The vote came in the wake of a no-confidence vote in Parliament that forced Prime Minister Tony Blair to call elections. It completed the purge of biotech food advocates from the government after GeneWatch UK, a watchdog group, published a study warning that "GM micro-organisms (GMMs), which are being used throughout the U.K. for research and to make drugs, are being released in waste from factories and laboratories into rivers and the atmosphere, unmonitored by any Government agency."