Mysore, Apr. 9 (RK&DM)- The two-day UGC-sponsored State-level seminar on Recombinant DNA Technology began at St. Philomena’s Degree College on Mysore-Bangalore Road here this morning. KSOU Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.S. Rangappa inaugurated the seminar.

Delivering the keynote address, Prof. Rangappa said that Recombinant DNA is considered to be the very core of Molecular Biology. It is an important tool in the hands of Genetic Engineers in the production of useful and high end products.

"Besides, it has far reaching applications in the field of agriculture, medicine and bio- diversity," he said, adding it is important to build and spread awareness on recent trends in recombinant DNA technology among the academic and scientific community and to disseminate the information about recombinant DNA technology to the common man.

Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras, Principal, St. Philomena's Degree College, Vice-Principal Rev. Fr. Bernard Prakash, Prof. Othbert Pinto of the College's Science faculty and Prof. Maria Lazarus, HOD Botany department, were present.

About 300 students, delegates and faculty from different colleges across the State are taking part in this two-day seminar.

Dr. N. Satyanarayan, Department of Bio-Technology, VIT, Bangalore, will deliver a lecture on 'Recombinant DNA Technology in Genetic improvement of leguminous crop-plants,' while Dr. Manoj Kumar Bhat of NCCS, Pune, will speak on 'Advances in Cancer Therapy and novel target of Chemo Therapeutic Drugs' and Dr. H.S. Prakash of Department of Bio-Technology, Manasagangotri, will deliver a lecture on 'DNA Markers' in the seminar sessions.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore