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National Gene Bank at NIB Bangladesh

August 3, 2012

The National Institute of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology is establishing an on-campus National Gene Bank at Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The National Gene Bank will  1) establish a central source of plants, animals, fishes, microbes and biodiversity components; and 2) provide the collected samples and information to various research and development institutes and users.

Moreover, the Gene Bank will contribute to human resource development, public awareness, and guidelines and principles on the use of the gene pool. It  will preserve seed, planting materials, semen, embryo, egg, sperm, cell, chromosomes and DNA, RNA, protein of plants, animals, fishes and microbes for various durations. In vitro conservation and cryo-preservation facilities will also be established.

For more news about biotechnology in Bangladesh, email Dr. Khondoker Nasiruddin of the Bangladesh Information Center at