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7 Influencing the Future Opening of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum  (LKCNHM)   Singapore’s frst and only natural history museum was launched in April 2015 by Dr Tony TAN, President of Singapore. Also present were NUS President Prof TAN Chorh Chuan, NUS Board of Trustees Chairman Mr WONG Ngit Liong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Afairs (MFA) Prof Tommy KOH, Dean of Science Prof SHEN Zuowei, Director (Special Projects) at the Faculty Prof Leo TAN and Head, LKCNHM Prof Peter NG. The museum is housed in a seven-storey, 8,500 sqm building, and is home to over a million specimens from the region. The internationally renowned Zoological Reference Collection comprises one of the largest Southeast Asian fauna collections in the region. It is also a leading research-active natural history institution in the Asia- Pacifc. The gallery features three iconic dinosaur fossils - the largest measuring 27 metres long. OVER1mil PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIMENS FROM THE REGION New Research Centres Southeast Asian Biodiversity Genomics (SEABIG) Centre The SEABIG Centre was established in November 2014 to use next-generation- sequencing (NGS) tools to discover and understand the genetic diversity of plant and animal species unique to Southeast Asia. It will house genomic information and promote the use of NGS data in biodiversity research. Some projects study the population genomics and diet of endangered mammals and birds. Others contribute to our understanding of gene functions or species interactions. First Regional SCIEX Centre of Distinction The opening of the Protein and Proteomics Centre at the Department of Biological Sciences in May 2015 marks a new phase of partnership with SCIEX, a global leader in analytical technologies, to advance translational research in life sciences. The centre will focus on the discovery and development of oncology biomarkers, using mass spectrometry techniques. This will pave the way for rapid cancer detection and screening applications.
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