Inaugural Biotech Carnival in Malaysia

The Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center (MABIC), Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp), the Ministry of Science, Trade and Industry (MOSTI) and the National Science Center (NSC) organized the inaugural MyBio Carnival 2010 held at NSC from 25 September to 2 October 2010. Various school competitions were held such as national interschool biotech debate, national intervarsity biotech debate, biotech spelling competition, and biotech quiz. The public also tried hands on activities on DNA extraction and learning about mushroom research and cultivation.

Highlight of the event was a fashion show inspired by biotechnology themes during the formal launch. Leading fashion designers in Malaysia designed outfits based on DNA structures. A fashion design competition among fashion students showed their outfit designs with oil palm kernels, plasmids, HIV virus, Dolly the sheep, and DNA, among others. It was a rare opportunity to see the fashion community reading and researching on biotechnology.

A seminar on science communication also featured science communicators from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, MABIC, and the New Strait Times. Resource persons discussed the role of science communicators particularly that of scientists, media practitioners, academia, and students, in fostering greater awareness about biotechnology and in facilitating science-based debate for informed decision-making.

The carnival was organized to create awareness on biotechnology and bioentrepreneurship among the Malaysian public.

For more information, visit MyBio Carnival 2010 at


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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