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BOX 4.3
Developing the Animal Biotechnology Sector

“The optimal direction to advance the biotechnology industry is to prioritize the development of those aspects that are able to quickly become profitable and thereby attractive for private investors. Examples are cattle feeds and pet foods. Such activities could collectively become the ‘locomotive’ pulling the industry as a whole. This is possible because technologically and procedurally the industry is rather uniform, which allows human resources, skill sets, equipment, and procedures to ‘spill over’ from one branch of industry into another, first into those aspects of biotechnology whose products are sold to nongovernmental entities, particularly to individuals and for-profit companies.”

SOURCE: Russian expert in agricultural biotechnology (October 2004).

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