7 Nov 2017 17:07

Circulation of biomaterials involves potential risks, requires govt regulation - Russian official

MOSCOW. Nov 7 (Interfax) - Circulation of biomaterials potentially involves certain hazards and requires government regulation, Anna Popova, the head of the Russian consumer-protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor and Russia's chief public health official, said on Tuesday.

"We are at a new level of development today, when we know how to work with genetic material. And this certainly involves new risks, and in order to lessen these risks, this definitely needs to be regulated," Popova told journalists.

Science develops in a way that first presumes the emergence of a new method and only afterwards creation of regulatory measures, she said.

"This is an absolutely logical situation. Therefore, yes, we are saying today that here are the risks, they do exist, and they must be regulated," she said.