Russia bans human tissue export in bioweapon alert

Russia has banned the shipment of medical specimens abroad, threatening hundreds of patients and complicating drug trials by major companies, the national Kommersant newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Kommersant attributed the ban to fears in the secret service that Russian genetic material could be used abroad to make biochemical weapons targeting Russians. The quality daily cited anonymous sources in the medical community.

Full Story: New Scientist.

1 Comment

  1. Just A Thought

    June 1, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    SOME paranoia is a good thing. Anything in the extreme is dangerous. Russia has a reason to be paranoid. They’re being accused of poisoning and arresting people(i.e.Litvenenko, chess GM Gary Kasparov, and many more) critical of their government. Maybe if the FDA had a *little* paranoia, we wouldn’t be dealing with all these poisoned products from China.

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