Ibon Cancio (UPV/EHU) was one of the participants of the “Briefing on Digital Sequence Information (DSI)”, held at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ. He presented the goals of the EBB project in connection with aspects related to the incorporation of Digital Sequence Information (DSI) to the definition of Genetic Resources in the context of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS). His talk was entitled: “Digital Sequence Information: general overview and use in environmental genomics”.
The webinar was an event originated upon request of the Ministry of Environment of Chile to assist the country to make informed decisions on its position for COPI5 around incorporation of DSI to the ABS practice in the Convention of Biological Diversity.
UVigo has attended the seminar with the title: “From the ocean to the laboratory: Marine genetic resources and their application in the development of new bioactive molecules.”, organized by CETMAR (Centro Tecnológico del Mar) under the project BlueHuman.
It is well known that oceans are home to an enormous biological diversity and represent a reservoir, barely explored, of a multitude of bioactive molecules with potential applicability in different fields such as human health. The path from collecting marine organisms, detecting molecules with biological activity, all the way until these reach the market as a pharmacological product, is extremely complex. The purpose of this seminar was precisely to know in depth aspects related to this complicated process, including the legal aspects surrounding the use of genetic resources for commercial purposes.
Antonio Villanueva (EBB coordinator), Belén Sánchez and Laura Movilla (lectures in Public International Law at the University of Vigo) have participated in the event.