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Tanzania to amend biosafety rules eyeing research boost

The Tanzanian government has prepared regulations to allow for research on biotechnology, national newspaper the Daily News reports. Researchers reportedly cite an existing clause in a 2009 regulation that makes all in the supply chain liable to a “punitive” sanction that hinders research. Other clauses they cite include those on: the precautionary principle; strict liability; and a requirement for an environmental impact assessment to conduct any research in agricultural biotechnology. The newspaper reports that the Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Makame Mbarawa, revealed that new rules would show that government is raising its focus on research.

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