Iran registers over 200 cases in world Genbank

TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) – Director of Iran’s Marine Biological Association has said over 200 genes have been registered in the GenBank, “some of which for the very first time.”

Dr. Ghavam Mostafavi who was speaking about the achievements of Iran’s Marine Biological Association of Faculty of Science and Research said “over 200 genes have been registered in the GenBank, some of which registered for the very first time with either Persian Gulf or Iran in their names (e.g. Clade A1 Persian GulfS). Other achievements include the extraction of minerals that are analgesic, anti-clotting and anti-cancer from some sea animals such as sponges, sea cucumbers, Scott fish, and sea snails, as well as the study of marine organisms using molecular approaches.”

“Iran has a vast area of water rich in ecological food,” he continued, “the Persian Gulf is the habitat for many important marine organisms, and the Iranian islands are home to a type of sea turtles that are in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.”

“Coral reefs coexist with a certain kind of unicellular organism on which their survival depends,” he explained, “therefore, genetic studies on these unicellular organisms for the artificial cultivation and revival of corals in the north of Persian Gulf is of utmost importance.”

He maintained that all of these studies were conducted by the Faculty of Science and Research in the Marine Biological Association, and that this faculty had delivered many articles in international conferences.

 

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