The Society of Genetics, Genomics and Computational Biology had
officially set up an education center at National Cheng Kung University
(NCKU), southern Taiwan, to facilitate genetics and computational
biology studies and to promote international interaction and
communication in these fields, the university announced Dec. 5.
Dr. Chi-Chuan Hwang, chair of the education center, said that in order
to promote research in these areas, the society had set up different
teams based on different job contents, including the biology database
team, the non-biological resource team, the computational biology skills
team, the genetics team, the biotechnology team and the talent
development team, and assigned people from the society's member
countries to these teams.
"The education center established at NCKU is focusing on talent
cultivation," said Hwang, adding that the center hopes o recruit young
students from different fields, including biology, medicine and
engineering, in order to conduct interdisciplinary research.
With Fujitsu providing the hardware equipment, the first step taken by
the education center was to ensure that the new software is capable of
handling huge amount of data, and also to carry out the construction of
gene pool and genome sequencing alignment, according to Hwang.
The "Genomics and Bioinformatics" course held on Dec. 3 was the first
task of this education center.
Japan's National Institute of Genetics (NIG) Deputy Director Takashi
Gojobori, who is also Visiting Distinguished Chair Professor of NCKU,
pointed out that efforts will be focused on the research of the
variation of native species in Taiwan, especially the collection and
analysis of seed gene pool, to build a complete gene sequencing database
and also conduct a complete gene sequencing analysis on the collected
Gojobori expected that these efforts would enhance NCKU's research
capability and academic standards related to non-model species and
He hoped that by gathering different research capability, every team
member will be able to make the greatest possible contribution to the
conservation and protection of agriculture, ocean and natural
The center will serve as an important platform for international
interaction and communication in these fields, according to Gojobori,
whose main purpose is not only to develop and nurture talent for
research, but also to recruit domestic and foreign scholars to conduct
education training and organize idea exchange sessions between member
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