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Anti-bioterrorism System to Be Established
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China will make efforts to establish a biological security system in 20 years to fight against bio-terrorism and prevent serious epidemic diseases, according to a report released here by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on Tuesday.

The report, issued at the International Biological Economy Meeting held in Tianjin, said by the end of 2007, China will develop vaccines and medicines for genes used in bio-terrorism and the physical protective technology and equipment, and establish a monitoring network over bio-terrorism.

A research center to exam and prevent serious epidemic diseases will also be established, according to the report.

The country will also further develop the security evaluation technology of genetically modified plants, the report said.

The meeting, held by the MOST, Tianjin Municipal Government and the United Nations Development Programme, attracted 262 biological experts, including Nobel Prize winners, from home and abroad.

State Councilor Chen Zhili attended the meeting and delivered a speech, stressing the development of biotechnology.

(Xinhua News Agency June 27, 2007)

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