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BSN organized a talk program on the occasion of world DNA and Genome Day on 25th April 2008. DNA Day is celebrated worldwide to commemorate discovery of double helix structure of DNA by Watson and Crick in 1953. It is also celebrated for completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. The program was a small endeavor of BSN to remember one of the remarkable achievements made in the history of biological sciences.
In the program, renowned scientists working in different fields such as forensics, agriculture, food, environment and pharmacology were present. It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Hom Nath Bhattarai who also articulated scopes and challenges for scientists in Nepal. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Agrawal, one of the senior scientists of Nepal revealed the dark side of the government about its reluctance in investment for science and technology. Dr. Agrawal who has also been elected in the CA election further added “It is the government who should understand the importance of biodiversity of Nepal and invest accordingly. Otherwise scientists can hardly achieve their goal with such limited budget”.
Other distinguished guests of the program, Dr Mukunda Ranjit (Program Coordinator, SANN International College), Dr. Panna Thapa (Dean, School of Science, Kathmandu University), Dr. Tribikram Bhattarai (Head of Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuwan University) and Dr. Shiva Prasad Dhauvadel from Department of Chemistry, Tribhuwan University, discussed about current stage of Biotechnology in Nepal. They illustrated an immense scope of this technology in biologically rich country like Nepal. Mr. Jiwan Rijal, Special scientist, National forensic Lab, gave a clear idea about DNA and Forensic Science. Similarly Dr. Sameer M Dixit, country director, Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal, focused on scope of DNA based disease diagnosis in Nepal.
The program was held at Direction Exhibition and Convention Center, United World Trade Center (4th Floor), Tripureshwor, Kathmandu.
The program turned out to be a huge success with over 130 participants and the speakers emphasized on the need of such interaction programs to be held frequently.
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