Crop Biotech Update

Pakistani Scientists Urged to Focus More on Biotechnology

December 4, 2013

Biotechnology advancements can help cure human diseases and the field has vast scope in the future, according to Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Vice Chancellor Rector, International Islamic University (IIU). He said this during the concluding ceremony of the "National Conference on Computational Biology" organized by Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology held at Islamabad on October 21-25, 2013. He urged the Pakistani scientific community to focus on biotechnology to solve the national issue of fuel resources. Dr. Yasinzai said that the students of biotechnology made a right choice by choosing this subject as it may lead them to a brighter future doing service for humanity. He also shared the innovations in biotechnology and appraised the participants about genetically engineered food.

Drs. Khalil Ahmed and Mumtaz Ahmed, Chairman of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Vice President for Academic, respectively were also present during the event. Dr. Khalil briefed the audience on PSF achievements in science. He assured the audience who are mostly students, that they will be granted opportunities in computational biology.

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