Caspian International News Agency, Amol- Today, coinciding with the birthday of Muhammad ibn Zakariyyā al-Rāzī, the prominent Iranian scientist, and commemorating the Government Week, the first national Biocomputing infrastructure of communications and IT in Iran has been launched in the North Pasteur Institute Research Center of Iran, with a credit of 100 billion Rials.
Processing and analysis of genetic data for the early detection, prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases (infectious, cancer, cardiovascular, etc.) is among the responsibilities of this center.
Considering the advances in science, and proof of the substantial role of genes in development of diseases and responses to treatments, today, personalized medicine, is one of the priorities of researchers and policy makers of health sectors in the world.
In personalized medicine, the focus is on treating the patient not the disease. For instance, instead of treating cancer in the same way for all the patients, the cancer patient is treated by chemotherapy with specific dosage of a specific drug, considering his or her gene types, drug allergies, or his response to treatment.
It should be noted that Biocomputing is an important interdisciplinary branch of science which includes different sciences such as Computer, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Medicine, Molecular biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics. In addition to human domain, it is widely used in veterinary medicine and agriculture.
Mahmoud Vaezi, the minister of Communications said, “Carrying out the Biocomputing project can create a major change, and Dr. Asouri’s report has been extremely hopeful, and I hope that Pasteur Institute will be successful in this project. The Communication and IT Ministry is ready to assist in this project as much as it can.”
(Translating by Negar Lotfi)