The GNOBB members already read the news about unraveling of genome of Deshi (Corchorus capsularis) either in its website or through various electronic media and newspapers. On the 19thAugust a news conference in which journalists, staff reporters of electronic media were invited,w as arranged in front of the newly constructed 4-storied Basic And Applied Research Building. A nice report on this function has appeared in its 20th August issue of The Daily Star. The presentation below is based on this report. It is suggested that the readers refer to the original article by clicking the above link. Following the conference, the journalists and distinguished guests were invited to visit the state-of-the-art genomics research facility in the country, which was so far out of bounds to the public. The journalists were shown some of the latest machinery such as ultra-centrifuge, DNA separator, gene pulsar – capable of inserting foreign genes, and 3rd generation sequencing machine. The journalists were apprised that the lab’s machinery is as good and as latest as in any advanced genomics lab in Europe and America. The remaining portion of the report is reproduced below from the DS. Flanked by BJRI Director General Dr Kamal Uddin, Dr Alam introduced his team of scientists, Dr. Samiul Haque, program manager, and Dr. Md Shahidul Islam, a senior biotechnologist, Dr. Manjur Hossain and patent lawyers to journalists, and they all honored Bangladesh’s first generation torch bearer in jute research Prof Ahmad Shamsul Islam by presenting him a bouquet.
Maqsudul acknowledged the inspiration instilled in him by Ahmad Shamsul, now 89, who started his jute research career back in 1955.