Karachi, July 11 (PPI): “Pakistan lags behind in science and technology. The country needs to lead on various fronts of science and technology, while molecular medicine is of some important fronts where the country can secure her position among the technology leaders. As a nation we feel pleasure to repeat the outdated science activities. This is the dilemma of this nation that we spent around 20 years just to understand the meaning of some terminologies like biotechnology and information technology etc, as the country got stuck on the catching up phase. Understanding of protein chemistry at the analytical bench is associated with the understanding of the diseases, and production of new drugs.”
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) stated this while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the “3rd National Workshop on Classical Protein Chemistry” held at the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD), UoK here on Tuesday. Dr. Aftab Ahmed, the scientist from the US also spoke in the ceremony, organised by PCMD, UoK.
Prof. Iqbal Choudhary said that nations were not developed merely from catching up faces of science and technology. Pakistan needs to make remarkable development in the area of protein chemistry, and especially in the area of molecular medicines where the country can secure her position among the technology leaders.
He said that protein chemistry was an area of major importance in modern biochemistry, but unfortunately we spent 20 years just to understand some terminologies like biotechnology and information technology etc. As a nation we are late on every front of science, we are always catching up stages, which is a dilemma of Pakistan, he added.
It is essential to initiate inclusive programs for the development of expertise in the field of protein science, as the significance of this major front in medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, and other biosciences have already been proved, he said.
Dr. Aftab Ahmed said that Understanding of protein chemistry at the analytical bench is associated with the understanding of the diseases, and production of new drugs. Protein chemistry contributes in many areas of biotechnology, involving recombinant DNA technology, analytical chemistry, clinical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and protein therapeutics, he maintained.
The workshop on protein science and technology included a series of lectures on different aspects of protein purification and structural analysis, he said.