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Course will explore new genomics tools for the study of aquatic species

This initiative is organized by the Aquaculture Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory of the Biotechnology Center, University of Concepción, Chile, in order to investigate the latest technological advances in the study of certain species of economic and ecological interest.




When you open up a can of soup or seafood, or an imported product, are you sure if what you are about to eat is what the label indicates? How could we know if most of consumers are not able to identify if there was a mistake?


The emergence of new genetic tools and their application on aquaculture will let us know with certainty where the specie you are eating comes from, or if it has had a proper management, and of course, it will confirm if it is exactly what the label indicates.


This monitoring process is called genetic traceability, and to make it possible, we have to use multiple techniques that give us as much quantity and quality information as possible about certain specie, in this case, aquatic species.


The course “Genomics and Proteomics Tools Applied to the Study of Aquatic Organisms”, organized by the Aquaculture Genomics and Biotechnology Laboratory of the Biotechnology Center, University of Concepción, will cover the latest techniques used by scientists to advance both in knowledge and traceability issues of the most important species and products in national industry.


“We will review molecular techniques applied to marine organisms” – said PhD. Christian Gallardo, Researcher from the Biotechnology Center, University of Concepción, and Lab Manager. “We will show the latest advances in some techniques for genotypification of individuals, which can be used in both aquaculture issues and others, as they are transversal and work in different areas”.


PhD. Christian Gallardo mentioned that this course is part of the Innova Chile Project “Genetic Traceability of Aquaculture Products: Development of a Genetic Data Bank for Food Industry Export”, which intends to create the largest genetic registry of aquatic species in the country, and will end up on September 2011, with excellent results – he said.


“By the end, this project will provide an online platform which will show the genetic bank. Different users will be able to work online and georeference all the genomics information they have about different populations and studies in which they might be working”.


About this course


This course is intended for graduate students, researchers and professionals in the area in question, with a maximum of 15 students, and it will cover the main topics related to genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics tools applied to the study of aquatic organisms in four modules: theoretical classes, practical sessions, analytical sessions and a workshop.


“We will count on top-level speakers from University of Chile, Católica of Valparaíso, Católica del Norte and Andrés Bello” – Gallardo concluded.


Registration until May 15th, 2011. For further information, visit http://www2.udec.cl/~lgba



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