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Great Success of Bangladeshi Scientists in Buffalo Genome Sequencing



A Bangladeshi company, Lal Teer Livestock Limited and and World's premier genome sequencing center, Beijing Genomics Institute jointly unraveled the water buffalo genome. A historic function was held at Hotel Radisson in the city with presence of renowned scientists and donors.

In Bangladesh, buffalo is the main source of animal protein. With two million buffaloes,  Bangladesh is the ninth country in terms of buffalo population. Buffalo contributed more than 60% of the total milk in India and Pakistan, but in Bangladesh their contribution in dairy field was not significant yet today.  Great success of Bangladeshi scientists in Buffalo genome sequencing have created a greater possibility to develop better breeds of buffalo which is vital both for milk and meat.

Ataur Rahman, Director of Department of Livestock Resources acknowledged the buffalo genome decoding by Lal Teer researchers. It's a great achievement as it was the first buffalo genome decoding in the world. Earlier genome of local Tosha variety of jute was sequenced by Bangladeshi scientists.

Through genome sequencing, scientists can identify how genes work together for animal's or plant's different features like development, growth and maintenance.  Among the developing countries, Bangladesh achieved great success in the field of genomic research. Bangladeshi scientists have already credit in genome decoding of four species- two types of jute, a fungi, and a buffalo.

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