UST re­ceives GS equip­ment to help boost ge­netic re­search

Manila Times - - PUBLIC SQUARE -

THE Univer­sity of Santo To­mas (UST) re­cently re­ceived from the Ge­nomic In­sti­tute of Asia (GINA) two ge­netic se­quenc­ing equip­ment, which will be used for re­search and train­ing of fac­ulty and stu­dents.

Re­search has shown that there is a lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for as­pir­ing ge­neti­cists in the Philip­pines due to the limited avail­abil­ity of high tech­nol­ogy equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties for hands- on train­ing and re­search. This of­ten re­sults to stu­dents look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to study overseas.

Tom Navasero, founder of GINA and president and chair­man of lo­cal health­care pioneer Phi­lab Hold­ings Corp., es­tab­lished the in­sti­tu­tion with the vi­sion for the Philip­pines to be re­garded as a “hub for ge­netic se­quenc­ing.”

“Through ed­u­ca­tion, we can hone the raw tal­ent and the vast po­ten­tial gaps of our need for world-class GINA Founder Tom Navasero with the Phi­lab Team and UST Col­lege of Science fac­ulty pose dur­ing the turnover cer­e­mony of the two ge­netic se­quenc­ing equip­ment to the univer­sity. ge­neti­cists, coun­sel­lors, spe­cial­ists in school in medicine with pro­this coun­try,” said Navasero. grams in the field of science, UST Rec­og­nized as a pre­mier wel­comes the timely do­na­tion as its Col­lege of Science Depart­ment is plan­ning to open new tracks un­der the Bi­ol­ogy course.

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