04.02.2012 [News]

National Center of Genome Biotechnology is opened in Belarus

The Center for genetic labeling and certification of plants, animals, microorganisms and humans (National Center of Genome Biotechnology) was opened in the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus on 27 December 2011.

Dr, Alexander Kilchevsky,  Director of the Institute of Genetics and Cytology informed that the Center would provide services in the field of genome biotechnology to institutions subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Sport and Tourism Ministry and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as to companies and natural persons, including those from abroad. The National Center of Genome Biotechnology is a unique multi-field innovation organization which has no analogues in the CIS.

The National Center of Genome Biotechnology has been created on the basis of the certified Center of DNA biotechnology of the Institute of Genetics and Cytology and the Center for Collective Use “Genome” within the State Program of Innovative Development of the Republic of Belarus.. The mission of the Center is to determine the presence of genetically modified ingredients in food raw materials and food products, agricultural products, feeds and seeds, as well as to identity DNA-markers for certification of crop varieties. The Center can also identify the genes responsible for economically valuable characteristics and hereditary diseases in animals, and also for individual human characteristics.

The Center has successfully passed the certification for ISO 9001-2009 quality management standard. The Center will reach the designed capacity in December 2013, which means not less than 6,944 tests per year. This will solve the problem of commercialization of genome developments in the country, and lay the ground for developing of the domestic market of genome biotechnology.

Source: BelTA provided by Olga Meerovskaya, BelIsa