Biotechnology one of priority directions for development at VAST

The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) has determined that biotechnology is one of the priority directions for development. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of VAST, on October 16, 2020, the Council of Biotechnology held a "Scientific Conference on Biotechnology" to introduce the achievements and results of the research in the field of biotechnology of VAST for the past 5 years.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Hoang Ha, VAST Vice President, said that the 21st century marks a remarkable development of biotechnology in the fields of medicine - pharmacy, processing industry, agriculture, fisheries and environmental protection. Recently in the wave of the Industrial Revolution 4.0, biotechnology is considered one of the three main pillars, creating a profound and broad impact on social life, posing great opportunities and challenges for the development of nations. One of the proofs of the contribution and importance of biotechnology is the Nobel Prize in medicine and the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2020 that honor scientists who have made great contributions to research in the field of biotechnology, such as research on hepatitis C and CRISPR/ Cas9 genome editing technology.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Hoang Ha, VAST Vice President, delivers the opening speech at the conference

As one of the 7 priority scientific directions of VAST, biotechnology is one of the fields with a large number of participating research units, including institutes such as the Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Genome Research, Institute of Tropical Biology, Institute of Marine Biochemistry, Central Highlands Scientific Research Institute, Nha Trang Institute of Applied Science, and Institute of Natural Products Chemistry. All the above mentioned units have contributed to the conference. In addition, VAST has focused on investing in improving modern research potential on biotechnology, such as projects of the Center for DNA Examination, and the Center for Stem Cell Application and Genetic Therapy.

The Organizing Committee has selected 12 typical reports to present at the conference related to genome editing technology and application in plant breeding, application of new generation sequencing technology NGS in the explanation of SARS-CoV2 virus self genome, pangasius genome decoding research, research on genetic diversity of Vietnamese genome origin and research on mastering reverse genetic technology in creating strains to produce influenza A vaccine/ H5N1. 

The Science Conference on Biotechnology drew the participation of scientists from VAST and young people who are 10th graders specializing in biology at Hanoi University of Education. Therefore, the conference is not only a forum for scientists to meet and present their scientific research results, but also a place to inspire and motivate the young generation to further develop research in the field of biotechnology in Vietnam in the future.

Take photo at the end of the conference

Translated by Tuyet Nhung
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