Turkish law blocks use of genetic manipulation

4 April 2010

According to a Nature News report, a new law in Turkey will prevent the creation of any form of genetically modified organism, and will necessitate approval from a new Biosafety Council for any application involving the use of any form of transgenic organism or genetic manipulation – including basic and applied biomedical research.
The move was intended to restrict the use of genetically modified plants, with the new approval body existing within the ministry of agriculture – but could cause massive disruption for medical research, with lengthy bureaucratic delays between application and approval. For more details, see [Nature 2010 Feb 25;463(7284):1000].

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