School of Biotechnology receives 30 bil. VND for endangered species’ genetic conservation
On April 8th, 2019, the School of Biotechnology – International University announced that it had just received the decision to approve the funding of VND 30 billion for 3 years to establish the Center for Conservation of Endangered Animals’ Genetic Resources of Vietnam from the genetic resources conservation fund of Ministry of Science and Technology
Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Van Thuan – Dean of the School of Biotechnology, the project principal investigator, said that the school has recently finished the center’s main laboratory with an area of over 600m2 located on IU campus. .
Center for Conservation of Endangered Animals’ Genetic Resources of Vietnam will perform the task of preserving endangered animals by method of differentiating stem cells. From there, it is possible to clone animals when needs arise. This conservation method has many advantages compared to the currently applied conservation methods.
“We will spend the entire budget of 30 billion VND to purchase initial materials and equipment for the center and will continue to propose and recommend additional investment in the future.
Human resources of the center are lecturers, doctoral candidates and graduate students from the School of Biotechnology. The center will operate immediately after receiving materials and equipment, “Mr. Thuan added.