Hugo Barrera-Saldaña

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Mexico

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) Medical School, where he also holds the position of Secretary for Science of Technology. Self trained as a biochemist at UANL (1979), Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston (UTHSC, 1982) and postdoc with Prof. Pierre Chambon in Strasbourg, France (1984). Founder of several programs and centers of excellence dedicated to training and advancing research on molecular biology and genomics. Recipient of many awards, standing out the world record for the largest human genes manually sequenced, considered feasible evidence for the Human Genome Project, Distinguished Ex-Alumnus award from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of the UTHSCH, the Scientific Merit Award of his home town, and his career profile published by the prestigious international scientific magazine Nature Medicine, the leading Mexican newspaper El Norte, and the Latin American culture magazine Contenido. Author of 120 peer-reviewed research articles with over 2000 citations, of a book on Molecular Biology, of two biotechnology patents, and of several industrial technology transfers. In 2005 he debuted as an entrepreneur having founded a consulting firm in biotechnology and genomics (Innbiogem, SC) and a Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics and Bioprocess (Vitagénesis, SA).

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Leading scientists from different countries around the world contributed valuable essays on the basic applications and safety, as well as the ethical and moral considerations, of the powerful genetic engineering tools now available for modifying the molecules, pathways, and phenotypes of species of agricultural, industrial and even medical importance. After three decades of perfecting such tools, we now see a refined technology, surprisingly unexpected applications, and matured guidelines to avoid unintentional damage to our and other species, as well as the environment, while trying to contribute to solve the biological, medical and technical challenges of society and industry. Chapters on thermo-stabilization of luciferase, engineering of the phenylpropanoid pathway in a species of high demand for the paper industry, more efficient regeneration of transgenic soybean, viral resistant plants, and a novel approach for rapidly screening properties of newly discovered animal growth hormones, illustrate the state-of-the-art science and technology of genetic engineering, but also serve to raise public awareness of the pros and cons that this young scientific discipline has to offer to mankind.

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