The agency's move sets a low bar for future approvals of genetically engineered animals for human consumption.
Senators were questioning why the Defense Department was restricting a government watchdog. Now there are criminal investigations and questions about retaliation.
Avi Asher-Schapiro is a freelance writer based in Oakland. He was a 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellow in Cairo and his writing has appeared in Salon, Muftah, Prospect, and the SF Bay Guardian.