Hereditary Research Laboratory (HRL)
Life Sciences, Bethlehem University.
Prof. Moien Kanaan, Director
The Hereditary Research Lab (HRL) research activity and infrastructure constitute a major effort
in building a national Genome Strategic Resource Laboratory for genome methodologies - large
scale DNA sequencing, the detection of DNA variations (mutations, polymorphisms and
chromosomal breakpoints), and computational genomics. This facility will provide genomerelated practical know-how, as well as computing-intensive tools with regards to DNA sequence
and variation analyses for the entire academic community of “The Palestinian Authority.” Such
strategic resource is essential for the future ability to benefit from the outcome of the world-wide
Human Genome Projects (Hap map, 1000 Human Gemone…etc). It is expected to support new
biotechnology enterprises in the areas of diagnostics, agriculture, combating genetic diseases,
drug development and gene therapy.
The HRL reflects our conviction that the genetics of human populations present both the greatest
challenge and the great opportunity for genetics in the future. We also believe that genetics of a
people are most appropriately addressed by scientists who live in the same places as those
people. Clearly this requires specialized training and sustainable transfer of technology.
The HRL offers practical and sustainable results for the Life Sciences Department at Bethlehem
University. We have identified exactly the components of current genomics technology that can
be directly transferred to Bethlehem University, that will be of practical application to medical
and public health research in Palestine, and that will enable students at Bethlehem University to
obtain up-to-date training in these disciplines. in one hand and to research work in Palestine on
the other
Goals and Objectives
1) Continue to provide genome-related practical expertise, as well as computing-intensive tools
with regards to DNA sequence and variation analyses for the entire academic and technological
community in Palestine and the region.
2) Provide direct and educated access for Palestinian researchers and students to the recent
advances in genomic research and its implications.
3) Bridging the gap between technology and its understanding and benefits in the context of
applying research to relevant problem of the community and the region.
4) Facilitate exchanges of students and researchers among Palestinians institutions.
5) Facilitate scientific cooperation, regionally and internationally.
6) Create an acknowledged network of research and applications on human genetic variation,
crucial for future development of rational control strategies in both prevention and remedies.
7) Enhance the region's diagnostic capabilities for diseases of genetic origin in human, animal
and plant.
8) Augment the general understanding of the region biodiversity and its complex
interdependences.
9) Support new biotechnology enterprises in the areas of diagnostics, agriculture, and combating
genetic diseases.
10) Create culturally a state of mind towards addressing research determinants in university
setting.
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Hereditary Research Laboratory (HRL)