By Ediner Fuentes (Panama)
Surely we think that biotechnology and environmental issues are not related, however, these two sciences have much in common. Within the Laboratory for Genomic Sciences and Synthetic Biology at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, we are joining two sciences that most people see as unrelated and work shoulder to shoulder with specialists in Proteomics and Systems Biology. We work on the production of a toxin found in the venom of a North African scorpion, using a bacterial strain capable of producing large-sized proteins.
This experience not only allows me to face the world of research and scientific development, but also prepares me for my continued academic training. The academic training I have received at Zamorano teaches us to be innovative and look for simple solutions to the everyday problems we face.
Being part of this research in the production of a recombinant protein is not just a privilege; it allows me to expand our network connections and cooperation with researchers from across the continent. With this initial work many more students from Zamorano can continue doing applied research in the omics (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics). There is much to do and there has been little research in agricultural and environmental issues. This work also unites researchers at Zamorano with Latin American researchers on these issues. This is a real experience of scientific research work and allows us, as Zamorano students, to increase our broad spectrum of knowledge.