Students of life sciences from nearly 16 colleges from across the State participated enthusiastically in the events held as part of ‘Biofest 2010’ at Nalanda Degree College here on Saturday. Poster presentations made by the participants on various aspects of bio-technology and related sciences were put on display on the occasion.

Models on wonder microbes, transgenic plants and animals, molecular biology, genetic engineering, fermentation of wine and other topics attracted the attention of the visitors.

Principal M. Anuradha said that participation in the events would give a lot of exposure and learning experience to the students and help sharpen their skills to do well in their future careers. She said there was good response to the fest from students of colleges in Bhimavaram, Khammam, Kakinada, Guntur, Vuyyuru, Eluru and other places.

Addressing as chief guest at the inaugural function, U. Satyanarayana, a professor at Dr. Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation, said that the students would do well if they concentrated on further studies and research after completing their graduation. He said that higher studies and research activities would create plenty of opportunities for the students and they should be ready for that from the beginning.

Prof. Satyanarayana, who has published several books and currently doing research on stem cell, said that the youngsters should develop the habit of cultivating general and communication skills so that they would be able to get a mastery of the subject they were studying. Revolutionary changes were sweeping across the field of research to the extent that future held the promise of vending genes across the counter at a pharmacy store just like medicines being sold nowadays. Though a number of ethical issues were involved in gene applications, anything would be possible going by the intensity of the research nowadays, he added.

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