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Keynote Paper 5
Abdul Manan Mat Jais1, Mohamad Hafiz Abdul Rahim1, Rozila Alias2 and Norwati
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti
Putra Malaysia, 4340 UPM Serdang, Selangor
Department of Food Microbiology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Universiti
Industri Selangor (UNISEL), Jalan Zirkon, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), 52109 Kepong, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malay Traditional Medicine is not well established as compared to the Chinese, Indian and
other civilizations, including those of the Islamic Medicine. Nevertheless, local knowledge
and practices is a force behind the recent active development in natural products and
biotechnology R & D. These ethno-pharmacology are certainly the basis of Drug Discovery,
and wealth creation in the now Era of the Biology or the Green Gold. One of the more
prominent and well accepted throughout the country, among various communities and tribes,
is Haruan Channa striatus. This tropical freshwater fish is an indigenous to Malaysia, air
breather and a carnivorous species. The fish is consumed widely as source of good protein
and to induce wound healing, especially among those after giving birth. Based on RFLP,
there are three main stocks of the species namely Kelantan, Penang and Johor discovered in
Peninsula Malaysia. Haruan as a freshwater species is becoming very important in local
aquaculture industry not just as a commodity, but it is more importantly as high quality source
for drug discovery. Thus, the economic status and the medicinal potential of the species is
making us to establish the Genetic Maker for future pharmaceutical industry and other
business interests
Proceedings of the 8th Malaysia Congress on Genetics, 4-6 August 2009, Genting Highlands, Malaysia