Russia aims to develop 30 gene-edited plant and animal varieties

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A 111-billion-rouble (US$1.7-billion) Russian federal programme aims to create 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops and animals by 2020 — and another 20 by 2027.

The programme, which was announced in April, has also attracted interest because it suggests that some gene-edited products will now be exempt from a law passed in 2016 that prohibits the cultivation of genetically
modified (GM) organisms in Russia, except for research purposes.