India to launch its 1st human genome cataloguing project

MUMBAI: India will launch its first human genome mapping project by October, a move that will help researchers get closer to developing effective therapies for treating diseases such as cancer. In the first phase of the initiative called the Genome India project, the genomic data of 10,000 Indians will be catalogued. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has initiated the project.

“This is going to be transformational for our healthcare because these days disease management is all about data,” DBT secretary Renu Swarup said in an exclusive interview to ET. “For new advancements in medical science like predictive diagnosis and precision medicine, genomic information is key and the backbone.”

A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all its genes. It contains all the information needed to build and maintain that organism.Read more

Source web page The Economic Times

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