PhD Nguyen Thien Tao, head of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature's Department of Nature Conservation under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology was elected as a young member of the World Academy of Sciences (WAS) in the 2018-2022 tenure. PhD Nguyen Thien Tao The Vietnamese scientist was granted the membership at the 28th General Meeting - 14th General Conference of the WAS, held in Trieste, Italy, in late November. PhD Nguyen Thien Tao is the only representative of Vietnam to be selected as a member of the WAS this tenure and the first Vietnamese representative in the field of Biology to become a young member of the WAS. Previously, Prof. Dr. Phung Ho Hai and Prof. Dr. Pham Hoang Hiep from the Vietnam Institute of Mathematics were also selected as young members of the WAS in 2009 and 2016 respectively. Nguyen Thien Tao is the leading researcher on poisonous snakes in Vietnam. He has collaborated with doctors from Bach Mai Hospital to save lives of many victims of … [Read more...] about PhD Nguyen Thien Tao becomes member of World Academy of Sciences
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A Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically edited babies has defended his work. Speaking at a genome summit in Hong Kong, He Jiankui said he was "proud" of altering the genes of twin girls so they could not contract HIV. His work, which he announced earlier this week, has not been verified. Many scientists have condemned his announcement. Such gene-editing work is banned in most countries, including China. Professor He's university - the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen - said it was unaware of the research project and would launch an investigation. It said Mr He had been on unpaid leave since February. Prof He confirmed the university was not aware, adding he had funded the experiment by himself. What has the scientist claimed? Prof He announced earlier this week that he had altered the DNA of embryos - twin girls - to prevent them from contracting HIV. On Wednesday, he spoke at the Human Genome Editing Summit at the … [Read more...] about He Jiankui defends ‘world’s first gene-edited babies’
Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — Reports about three new species of the ginger family – Newmania cristata, Newmania gracilis and Newmania sontraensis (Zingiberaceae: Zingibereae) – found in central Việt Nam were officially published by Phytotaxa (a botany journal) in September, bringing the number of species in this endemic Vietnamese genus to six. Dr Lưu Hồng Trường from the Southern Institute of Ecology (SIE) told Việt Nam News that the three new plant species were found by a team of biologists in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng. The report recognised biologists Trường and Trần Hữu Đăng from SIE; Trần Ngọc Toàn from the centre for biodiversity research and conservation (GreenViet); Nguyễn Thành Trung from Núi Chúa National Park; Nguyễn Quốc Bình from the Việt Nam Nature Museum and Jana Skornickova … [Read more...] about New world species in Sơn Trà nature reserve announced
An individual of the endangered red-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus)in the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve. — Photo courtesy of Bùi Văn TuấnViet Nam News Sơn Trà Nature Reserve is in Đà Nẵng. It is a home to red-shanked douc langurs. Bùi Văn Tuấn enjoys exploring the reserve where he is part of a study group that counted one thousand three hundred langurs in the reserve. Bùi Văn Tuấn and his colleagues spent a year following them. Having graduated with a degree in biology and environmental studies from the Đà Nẵng Teachers’ Training College, Bùi Văn Tuấn has explored remote forests across central Việt Nam to conduct his scientific research on primate species and their diets, as well as the rich forest biodiversity of the region. The 4,439ha Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in Đà Nẵng has been his favourite … [Read more...] about Counting langurs in the forests
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators agree that Vietnam’s universities need to be accredited, but they have not reached a consensus on how it should be done. There are 16 university ranking organizations, including the four most prestigious – THE (Times High Education), QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities), and Webometrics (Webometrics Ranking of World Universities). According to Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc, none of the rankings is ‘perfect’ and Vietnam needs to use the one suited to it. ARWU, for example, attaches importance to scientific articles published in international journals. QS doesn’t put much emphasis on articles, but pays attention to comments by experts and society. Agreeing with Phuc, deputy director of the Hanoi National University Nguyen Huu Duc said that ARWU and THE are not suited to most universities in Asia and developing countries. The weak point of Vietnamese … [Read more...] about University accreditation: ‘a game of the rich’?