UNAIR holds 5th molecular cell culture workshop

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UNIVERSITAS AIRLANGGA NEWS – Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD) of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) held the 5th Molecular Cell Culture (MCC) workshop for two days from Tuesday to Wednesday on September 10-11 at Campus C UNAIR, Surabaya. The workshop was on “Molecular Biology Techniques in Biosciences and Virology.”

The theme of the workshop was inspired by the needs and urgency in the community. Moreover, infectious diseases are still the diseases with the highest prevalence in Indonesia, so new techniques or methods are needed.

The modern method is known as one step, and this method is more efficient than conventional or two-step methods. “The aim for this workshop is to provide relevant insight about the new method or technology and to compare conventional method and modern methods,” said Laura Navika Yamani S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D., as chief executive of 5th MCC workshop.

In the program, Laura said that the first guest speaker was Prof. Dr. Aryati, dr., MS., Sp.PK (K), a Professor in Faculty of Medicine (FK) UNAIR. Then on the second day, there was Fuad Al Ahwani, S.Pd., M.Si. from PT Indolab Utama.

“The discussion on the first day was about Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) method in two ways, conventional and modern. Then to measure it qualitatively. Furthermore, the intention to understand the negative and positive sides of the virus, “ she explained.

“The second day was more quantitative. Thus, we count the total virus in the sample. We use a method called Real Time PCR. Therefore, the second day is more about identifying the virus level or concentration, “she added.

Laura also said the participants were allowed to be involved in the activity. Thus, the participants can immediately do some practical activity, including RNA extraction, One Step Multiplex, PCR, Reverse Transcription PCR, Agarose Gel Electrophoresis, and Real Time PCR.

The 5th MCC Workshop were attended by seventeen participants. and Laura hoped the world of molecular research, especially in Indonesia will be developed. (*)