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Nutrition on genetic level

Young scientists from Belarus and other Eurasian Economic Union states to offer unique food products
Joint efforts are being made to develop new products, as the Deputy General Director of the National Academy of Sciences’ Scientific-Practical Centre for Food, Alexander Shepshelev, tells us. Their Science Food — Products of the Future project is to be presented at the 1st Eurasian Forum of Young Scientists, to be held in Minsk from December 1st-4th.

Many are interested to see new ranges such as these. Already, there are supplements available in shops and pharmacies for children and new mothers, those wishing to lose weight or build muscle. Mr. Shepshelev explains, “Food security has virtually been achieved in Belarus. We’ve now reached the stage where food is going beyond the function of providing energy. We want to replenish micro- and macro-nutrients which our bodies may lack. Moreover, we need to help those who are unwell, ensuring their recovery. Our project envisages the production of individual vitamins and minerals but we’d like to progress even more, creating food at a genetic level.”

The task is topical since over half of all deaths are thought to stem from diseases connected with the circulatory system. The inter-relation of nutrition is evident; however, hereditary aspects also matter. The Belarusian National Academy has been studying genomes from birth, to predict certain diseases — such as obesity and heart disease. Products would then aim to correct these tendencies.

Belarusian scientists have made much progress, jointly solving important research tasks and implementing sci-tech programmes. Regarding the latter, the Scientific-Practical Centre for Food has developed highly efficient equipment to utilise former waste products from the milk, brewery and spirit industry. In addition, scientists have managed to extract components from this ‘waste’ which are beneficial to human health. Scientists from around the world have jointly created a solid basis for producing such nutrients in the future.


The establishment of BelBiograd is now complete in Belarus: a national sci-tech park focusing on the development of the newest technologies in the field of bio-chemistry, nano-technologies, and micro- and nano-system equipment. Belarusian scientists plan to realise around 200 investment projects there by 2021.

By Vladimir Yakovlev
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