Yuri Ovchinnikov (biochemist)

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Yuri Anatolievich Ovchinnikov (Russian: Юрий Анатольевич Овчинников; 2 August 1934 – 17 February 1988) was a Soviet bioorganic chemist. He was the youngest vice president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1971-1988) and a member of the Central Committee of CPSU. Ovchinnikov was director of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry in Moscow. He was a leading proponent of using molecular biology and genetics for creating new types of biological weapons.