Saturday, November 12, 2011

Genome center to open at UPLB

Written by Helen Flores 
The Philippine Star, November 11, 2011

MANILA, Philippines - The government is set to launch the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on Nov. 28 as part of its efforts to boost the country’s agriculture sector.

PGC executive director Carmen Padilla said the PGC, the first of its kind in the country, will work on basic research that has strong applications on Philippine commodities, including traditional crops and biotechnology products, pharmaceuticals, forensics and other issues of social and economic impact.

“The core of the PGC will be plant genetics and breeding laboratories and facilities at the Institute of Plant Breeding of UPLB,” Padilla said in a statement.