PAS boost­ing ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

ASHRAF AN­SARI ISLAMABAD—Re­gional Work­shop on Biosafety and Biose­cu­rity in Life Sciences Research jointly or­ga­nized by Pak­istan Acad­emy of Sciences (PAS), ISESCO and COMSATS, con­cluded here Thurs­day.

Speak­ers laid stress on sta­tus of ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing and biosafety in Mus­lim World. Spe­cial em­pha­sis was laid on bioeth­i­cal code of con­duct req­ui­site for life sci­en­tists in Pak­istan.

In his con­clud­ing re­marks, Mr. M. Hu­mayun, Sec­re­tary, MoENT, said that the present po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of Pak­istan in its man­i­festo has set goals with re­gard to Life Sciences and iden­ti­fied a pol­icy fo­cus for build­ing rel­e­vant in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions to gear Pak­istan to­wards a Biotech­nol­ogy Rev­o­lu­tion. In his view, such work­shops and in­for­ma­tive gath­er­ings would help dis­sem­i­nate more knowl­edge about Biosafety and Biose­cu­rity in our coun­try and the re­gion. He as­sured Min­istry’s sup­port for ini­tia­tives and use­ful ideas that and eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions are re­quired in all coun­tries to save hu­man­ity from con­se­quences of un­whole­some prac­tices in Biotech­nol­ogy ap­pli­ca­tions.

Dr. Zabta K. Shin­wari thanked ex­pert For­eign del­e­gates

Came up at the Work­shop. While de­liv­er­ing his speech, Dr Aamer Ikram, Pres­i­dent, PBSA told that Devel­op­ing coun­tries face par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges with Carta­gena pro­to­col be­cause their ca­pac­ity to im­ple­ment, mon­i­tor and en­force biosafety laws re­mains weak. S

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