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Chile has unveiled a proposed policy that aims to boost biotech research and to help companies use biotechnology to strengthen the country's economy.

Known as 'Biotechnology as a tool for development and wellbeing', the policy has four main objectives: updating laws that concern biotechnological activities; creating an overarching regulatory body; developing scientific and technological capacity; and promoting entrepreneurial innovation in biotechnology.

To achieve these goals, the government intends to introduce a biotechnology framework law to parliament in May.

Link to full news story in Nature Biotechnology

Reference: Nature Biotechnology 22, 7 (2004)

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