Staff Reporter

"College teachers from various parts of the country benefited"

TIRUCHI: The recently concluded fortnight-long hands-on training workshop on `Molecular Biological Techniques' organised by the Microbiology and Biomedical Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department of Environmental Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, helped participants gain practical insights into protein biology, recombinant DNA Technology and DNA Fingerprinting Analysis.

Presiding over the inaugural, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said use of recombinant DNA techniques allows modern biotechnology to be more precise and systematic process than earlier research method.

Mr. Thangamuthu released the workshop manual.

Inaugurating the workshop, K. Dharmalingam, Head, Department of Genetic Engineering, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, delivered a lecture on `Proteomics, Methods and Applications'. A plethora of expert lectures followed. Joseph Selvin of the Department of Microbiology, Bharathidasan University, spoke on `Biosafety Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights issues.'

S. Karutha Pandian, Head, Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, on `Recombinant DNA Technology and its applications'; K. Emmanual Rajan of the Department of Animal Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University on `Transgenic Mouse Models for Human Diseases'; and P. Ramadass, Proessor and Head, Department of Animal Biotechnology, Madras Veterinary College, delivered a lecture on `DNA Fingerprinting and RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism) Methods. Delivering the valedictory address, the Registrar, V. Radhakrishnan, emphasised the need for students and teachers to be keep themselves abreast of the current trends. The Course Director M. Krishnan spoke.

Twenty college teachers drawn from various parts of the country benefited from the workshop, said its convener K. Natarajaseenivasan.