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Russian clinical research is threatened by ban on export of samples

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39241.621863.DB (Published 14 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1237
  1. Vasiliy Vlassov
  1. Moscow

    Russia's Federal Customs Service has blocked the export from Russia of all human biological materials, from hair to tissue and blood samples.

    An article in the Russian online newspaper Kommersant says that the decision is thought to have arisen from a report submitted to President Vladimir Putin by the Federal Security Service (formerly the KGB), which warned of the possible development by Western countries of genetic biological weapons against particular nations (www.kommersant.ru/doc-y.html?docId=769777&issueId=36291).

    From the end of May the …

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