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National Genetic Information Database to be established in Russia
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The National Base for Genetic Information will be created in Russia. The corresponding instruction was given by President Vladimir Putin. The creation of the base will become part of the integrated development of genetic technologies. The head of state also instructed to create scientific equipment, train personnel and develop school courses in genetics, RIA Novosti reports.
Documents posted on the Kremlin’s website were released following a May 14 meeting on the development of genetic technologies. The creation of the National Base for the storage and processing of genetic data was entrusted to the Government of Russia and the Kurchatov Institute. Starting next year, federal funds will be allocated for these purposes.
The assignment indicates that the specified area of work was headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, reports on the results of activities will occur annually. The president also instructed to create modern equipment for genetic research.
In addition, it is planned to develop school curricula and modules on genetics, organize courses for teachers, and provide personnel for these areas. The creation of national bioresource centers and centers for genomic research is also on the list. The latter, in particular, will develop vaccines for the prevention of coronavirus and medicines for the treatment of patients.
During the May meeting, Vladimir Putin announced the enormous prospects that genetic technologies open up not only in medicine, but also in agriculture and other industries.