The creation of a genetic weapon on the basis of biomaterial collected from the Russians is impossible. This was stated by Doctor of Biological Sciences, Leading Researcher of the Genome Analysis Laboratory of the Institute of General Genetics named after NI Vavilov RAS Svetlana Borinskaya published by Gazeta.ru.
According to Borinskaya, Russians do not have such a genetic trait that Ukrainians, Belarusians or Moldovans do not have.
Earlier, a similar opinion was expressed by Doctor of Biological Sciences, bioinformatist Mikhail Gelfand. In an interview with NSN, the scientist said that "people are too similar to each other to be able to create a specific weapon against a race."
State Duma deputy and former chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko has a different opinion on this matter. He stated that the development of biotechnology leads to the creation of genetic weapons and called for strengthening Russia's biological security "at all levels."
“The fact that today there is a collection of fluids, organs and tissues of our fellow citizens is nothing more than evidence that the United States has not stopped its offensive military program,” Onishchenko quotes RBC.
On October 30, at a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Vladimir Putin said that in different regions of Russia it is not clear for what purpose the biomaterial of representatives of different ethnic groups is collected. Putin's statement made a lot of noise, especially in connection with the fact that there are conspiracy theories that the United States is secretly creating biological weapons against the inhabitants of Russia.
It all started this summer, when a tender appeared on the American public procurement website for the purchase of synovium and ribonucleic acid (RNA) from Caucasians in Russia. The purpose of collecting biomaterials was not specified in it.
The US Air Force planned to purchase 12 samples of RNA molecules (contained in all living cells and necessary for the translation of genetic information into proteins) and 27 samples of synovial fluid (an important component of the joint that ensures its mobility) from donors from Russia.
“All samples (synovial tissue and RNA samples) should be taken in Russia from Caucasians. The government will not consider samples of fabrics from Ukraine,”the document read by RT said.
In an interview with Onishchenko, the company "Invitro" was mentioned in connection with the possible transfer of the biomaterial of Russians to foreign researchers. On October 31, the company "Invitro" announced that it does not export the biomaterials of Russians abroad, but utilizes them in Russia.
According to Interfax, the company stressed that they are not engaged in scientific research in the study of the human genome and strictly comply with the law on personal data. They added that they are participating in clinical trials of drugs within the framework of the law, but all biomaterial is also disposed of in Russia.