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Bio-tech has enormous practical significance: conference

Update: July, 27/2019 - 07:32


The HCM City Open University yesterday held an international conference to highlight the practical uses of bio-technology. VNS/Photo.Gia Lộc

HCM CITY—Bio-technology is increasingly used in agriculture, medicine, environment, and food, including Việt Nam, according to Dr Đặng Thanh Dũng of the HCM City Open University’s bio-technology faculty.

He told Việt Nam News: “The country faces a challenge in solving the issue of waste, including the huge volume of plastic.”

Bio-technology could be used to produce alternative products to replace plastic and reduce the use of chemicals in agriculture, he said.

In medicine, it is widely used in diagnosis, he said.

“I am doing research into a new enzyme system for programmable RNA cleavage,” he said, adding that it would be useful in cancer treatment.

Ribonucleic acid, or RNA, is one of the three major biological macromolecules that are essential for all known forms of life.

Dũng presented his research yesterday at the International Conference on Biology organised by his university.

Several other scientists from Thailand, Malaysia, India, and Việt Nam also presented their bio-technology applications.

Vandna Rai of the National Institute for Plant Biotechnology in New Delhi, India, shared her research on identification of genes for salt-tolerance rice.

Scientists from Thailand said their research could be applied to develop a new diagnostic test and species-specific anti-leishmaniasis drugs. It would also assist successful monitoring and control of this disease in their countries and neighbouring regions, they added.

Leishmaniasis is a sandfly-borne disease caused by the protozoan leishmania parasites in tropical and sub-tropical areas. VNS


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