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Bolivia to Make Cancer-Fighting Isotopes at Russian-Built Nuclear Center

© AP Photo / Stephan SavoiaA researcher works near a blood test machine recently developed which is so sensitive it can spot a singe cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones during a media availability
A researcher works near a blood test machine recently developed which is so sensitive it can spot a singe cancer cell lurking among a billion healthy ones during a media availability - Sputnik International
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Bolivia will be able to become an exporter of radioactive isotopes to counter cancer thanks to the nuclear research center it will build with help from Russia, the vice-president of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom for connections with Latin America told Sputnik.

LA PAZ (Sputnik) – In October, Bolivian President Evo Morales announced that Bolivia would construct a $300-million nuclear research center using Russian and Argentine technology in the next four years. The center will be built in the city of El Alto, the second-largest city in Bolivia, and will include a nuclear research reactor.

"It will be possible to produce isotopes which are not only useful for diagnosis, but also in treatment of more serious illnesses such as cancer. Bolivia will be able to export such isotopes to other countries," Sergei Krivolapov said.

According to the official, the center will have many advantages for the population of El Alto.

"But the production of isotopes benefit all Bolivians, they will be distributed to hospitals in the country," the official stressed.

The Luch plant at Russian Federal Nuclear Center - Sputnik International
Bolivia to Build $300Mln Nuclear Research Center Using Russian Technology
Krivolapov added that the talks between Bolivia and Russia were in an advanced stage of commercial details, scientific, technological and personnel training.

Rosatom and the Bolivian Hydrocarbon and Energy Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear energy in November.

In May 2014, Morales announced that his country was working on the development of the nuclear energy industry in the country with support of Argentina.

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