Jul 26, 2014, 12:02 PM
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Iran almost self-sufficient in microorganism storage, maintenance

Tehran, July 26, IRNA - Iran is 80 percent self-sufficient in detecting and diagnosing microorganisms and has attained complete self-sufficiency in their storage, an official said.

"The cost of diagnosing a microorganism in Iran currently stands at about $660," said the director of the Microorganism Bank affiliated to Iranian Biological Resource Center, Mohammad Ali Amouzegar, adding that experts had spent about $6,600 on storage and maintenance of microorganisms prior to the construction of the center and microorganisms had to be sent to laboratories in Western countries.

According to Iran Daily published on Saturday, he added researchers from China, India, Japan, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and Algeria benefit from the center's services in the storage and maintenance of microorganisms.

"The center lacks sufficient laboratory equipment and having such equipment at the center will be very helpful to the researchers," he said.

A microorganism is a microscopic organism, which may be a single cell or multicellular organism. Microorganism is used extensively in the production of food and industrial goods worldwide.

Foods originating from animals are enzymatic and processed by specific microorganisms to provide greater nutritive value.

Today pharmaceutical agents like antibiotics and other drugs are manufactured on large scale utilizing microorganism.