Molecular biology laboratory opens in Khan-Uul District


Minister of Education, Culture, and Science L.Gantumur and Chinese Ambassador to Mongolia Xing Haiming took part in the opening of a new molecular biology laboratory, located in the Armono Corporation building in Khan-Uul District, on February 22.
The laboratory was built through the Mongolian Science Park Project, financed by a one million USD grant from the Chinese government and with 350,000 USD in support from the President of Mongolia, Ts.Elbegdorj.
“It is a huge opportunity for the scientists of the two countries to start scientific cooperation, at this moment when we’re aiming to develop foreign relations in the scientific field,” said Minister L.Gantumur at the opening ceremony.
University students and scientists from every field will have access to the laboratory. The laboratory enables independent genome, protein, and probiotic research, as well as the study of the nutritional content of food products.
“The first independent laboratory complex for molecular biology sets a successful beginning for the establishment of the science park,” said researchers at the opening.
The results from the laboratory’s studies will be reported to the public, and research conducted at the laboratory is expected to contribute to the economy through the Mongolian Science Park Project.
Chinese researchers carried out feasibility  studies for the establishment of the science park. They concluded that Mongolia could enter the global market with pastoral agricultural research, and built the molecular biology laboratory, which is expected to help scientists apply innovative ideas for manufacturing and introduce advanced technology to local industries.

The laboratory will be used to conduct agricultural and phytogenic studies. Initial studies planned for execution at the laboratory are: the nutritional analysis of  food products, a focused study of the components of locally made food products (especially milk and dairy products), a determination of the defining characteristics of milk from Mongolian livestock, and livestock genetics studies.

Mongol News interviewed Sh.Altanbadralt, a scientist and former professor at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, about the laboratory.

The laboratory equipment here is mainly for studying traditional medicine and the components of Mongolian herbs and milk. Does this mean that Mongolia is starting to introduce traditional medicine into modern medicinal science?

Yes. For me, I’m planning to continue the research I was conducting in Saudi Arabia. I was extracting biologically beneficial products from plants and studying their characteristics for use in  manufacturing medicine.

Will the laboratory manage cooperation between scientists and manufacturers?

Previously, businesses and scientists worked without much collaboration. But in developed countries, industries develop faster because cooperation between scientists and businesses is encouraged. This is a stepping stone for the cooperation of the two fields.
The science park is a relatively new idea for Mongolians. The science park is an organization based on cooperation between the government, scientists, and businesses. This laboratory is the start of the science park. The laboratory has a factory section that manufactures final products.

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