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Qatar seeks to lead world in date palm research

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Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has partnered with the Qatar Ministry of Environment’s Biotechnology Center to launch the Date Palm Research Program, which they hope will make Qatar the world leader in date palm research. Four years ago, WCMC-Q researchers, led by geneticist Joel Malek mapped a draft version of the date palm genome. This helped the team to identify the gene sequences responsible for sex in the tree. This could potentially increase yield by 100% – since only the females of date palms, which are dioecious, can bear fruit. The gene families responsible for fruit quality are next on Malek agenda to help breeders improve the varieties of date palms.

Researchers pool findings at Doha meet

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After the historic unveiling of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) on Sunday, the three-day concurrent Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum (ARF) and the Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium drew to a close yesterday, with the sessions and workshops gathering together the country’s top research institutes in a bid to showcase initiatives that will help achieve the nation long-term goal of sustained scientific innovation.
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Qatar in brain injury research initiative

The Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), which functions under the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), is spearheading a major international research initiative on traumatic brain injury. The research involves extensive collaboration between leading specialists from around the globe over the next three years. It will provide new knowledge on the processes that lead to loss and recovery of function after traumatic brain injury and focus on characterising the physiological, structural and biomolecular changes in brain tissue responsible for functional impairment.

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FameLab to pick young and aspiring scientists today

Twelve participants will compete at the national finals of FameLab, the world’s largest science communication competition, which takes place today at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center.

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