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Proteomics is the large-scale study of proteins, particularly their structures and functions. The term "proteomics" was coined to make an analogy with genomics, the study of genes, and is often considered the next step in the study of biological systems, after genomics. Scientists are very interested in proteomics because it gives a much better understanding of an organism than genomics. Since proteins play a central role in the life of an organism, proteomics is instrumental in discovery of biomarkers, such as markers that indicate a particular disease.
Lori Andrews’ Lecture explored the technology of human cloning and the ethical, religious and legal debates it poses. “Where should our genetic map lead to, and whether certain applications of genetics should be forbidden?” is one of the important questions raised by this technology.
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed tackled ways of cultural interaction referring to examples from Andalusia (Muslim Spain), North and South America, and highlighting the Malaysian experience in that regard, being a multi-racial country. He discussed challenges of cultural preservation and interaction in a the globalized world, especially issues related to absolute freedom and moral values.
“The production abilities of people are probably the same in all societies, but differences of culture and the value system affect their ability to deliver the right kind of work with the same quality of products”, said Mahathir Mohamed. In his lecture, Former Malaysian Prime Minister gave an overview of how Malaysia turned from a poor rice-cultivating country, into one of the most competitive industrial giants in Asia. He contrasted the work ethics of a rural society with the operation of a highly industrialized urban community, adding that the switch from one to the other "required a change in the mind-set of the people as a whole."
The Documentation of the Ministry of Awqaf Drawings
This is an ongoing joint project between the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) and the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments). The main objective is to document and classify the information from a collection of about 450 drawings and plates from the Ministry of Awqaf. These drawings, which are of m...
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a...
Digital Manuscript Library
The publication of digital manuscript sets comes in conformity with the BA's mission to adopt modern digital technologies. The Digital Manuscript Library project aims at publishing the manuscript treasures of Arabic heritage in digital form. The year 2007 witnessed the release of the fifth and sixth sets of the Digital Man...
Access to Knowledge (A2K)
In fulfillment of its mission as a center of excellence for the dissemination of knowledge and for dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and people, the BA has developed a growing interest in issues relating to access to knowledge (A2K), promotion of innovation and creativity, and intellectual property (IP)...
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project to bring together, on infinitely expandable web pages, information about all of the approximately 1.9 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms on Earth. As a collaborative effort of tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world, the EOL project a...
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