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Russia to Expedite Genetic Technologies and Genome Editing for Public Health, Agriculture, and Industry

March 25, 2020

On March 2, 2020, Mikhail Mishustin, Chairman of the Russian Government, signed Decree #481, authorizing an agreement between the Russian Government and Rosneft, a Russian Oil Company, to unite and coordinate efforts to accelerate the development of genetic technologies in the Russian Federation.

Decree #481 follows Decree #680, "On development of genetic technologies in the Russian Federation" signed by President Vladimir Putin on November 28, 2018. Decree #680 set the goal to accelerate the development of genetic technologies, including genome editing for application in the fields of public health, agriculture, and industry. It also instructed the Government to draft a Federal scientific-technical program for developing genetic technologies during the 2019-2027 timeframe and to create a coalition of various ministries to be involved in the program.

The new program has set goals to accelerate the comprehensive development of genetic technologies in Russia, including genome editing, and to create scientific-technological capacities in the fields of medicine (creation of vaccines), agriculture (creation of plant and animal lines) and industry (immunology and microbiology), as well as to make Russia independent from foreign resources, equipment, and technologies.

For more details, download and read the March 2020 USDA FAS GAIN Report for Russian Federation.

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