PressTV-US military collecting Russian DNA for ‘research’

The US Air Force says it is collecting Russian DNA samples for “research” purposes only, after Russian President Vladimir Putin raised concerns about the practice and its possible use in biological warfare.

Speaking to Russian media, spokesman for the US Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Captain Beau Downey, dismissed bio-terrorism allegations and said the center randomly selected Russian population as the source for genetic material in a research on the musculoskeletal system.

Noting that the AETC was working on “locomotor studies to identify various biomarkers associated with trauma,” the spokesman said the center needed two sets of samples and since the first set, containing the “initial group of diseases” had Russian origin, “the control group of the samples should also be of Russian origin.”

The first set was provided by a “US-based company,” Downey said, noting that “the integrity of the study” was more…

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