Biotech Updates

Malaysia Moves Toward Setting Up a National Bioethics Committee

June 26, 2009

Malaysian scientists with support from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD), are mulling over the establishment of a National Bioethics Committee (NBC). A workshop to tackle this issue was organized by MWFCD in collaboration with MOSTI, University Malaya and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. 

Scientists feel the need to form the NBC given the wide applications of biotechnology that encompass an entire spectrum of human life and the environment. The committee is expected to look into areas such as cloning, gene therapy, genetic modification technology, stem cell research, climate change, nanotechnology and others. An interim steering committee has been set up which will work towards the establishment of the NBC.

For more biotech developments in Malaysia email Mahaletchumy Arujanan of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) at