Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

imagesDhaka December 27, 2013. GNOBB wishes to convey its heartiest greetings and a very Happy New Year to all of its members, contributors, readers and well wishers. The year 2013 was very significant in generating to the scientific world many great ideas that have been hailed all around the globe. Some of the outstanding contributions are: false memory formation idea, progress of HIV treatment, rapid increase in unraveling genome sequences, expansion of computational Bioinformatics, cancer genomics. In the newly constructed molecular biology lab at BJRI, specially trained scientists under the guidance of Professor Maqsudul Alam at the Manoa Camus of the University of Hawaii have unraveled the genome of Macrophomina phaseolina, a deadly fungus that sometimes destroys the entire jute crop of a field. Agricultural sectors have received better attention globally and we are close to understand the basic mechanisms related to stress tolerance. What a year!! GNOBB has been supporting the biotechnological community by preparing a summary of popular and important scientific discoveries. GNOBB sincerely thanks every member for their constructive comments and appreciation. Recently there has been one more commendable advancement in that Professor Zeba I. Seraj, at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka has received the prestigious Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) science grant funded by USAID and NSF. The project title of the grant is “Validation of salt tolerance determinants in rice (Oryza sativa L. indicia) Landrace Horkuch and its segregating population by 2b-RAD sequencing and RNA-seq analysis under stress”. Professor Zeba is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project, while Professor Thomas Juenger at U T Austin is her US partner. The other exciting news is that last year Professor Haseena Khan at the Department of BMB, DU has joined the Department of life Science and Biotechnology at South Asian University in New Delhi on a 1-year term. Dr Khan is expected to come back to the Department on the 8th of January, 2014  GNOBB hopes that the year 2014 will add more and more laurels to its members and that the members with their lucid write-ups will further enrich the website which commenced its journey nine years ago,  in October 2004. [Prepared by Samsad Razzaque and Ms Sabrina Elias at the Plant Biotech lab, DU.]

Happy New Year


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