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10,000 Indians Undergo Genome Sequencing To Aid Centre's Healthcare Strategies

© Sputnik / Mikhail VoskresenskiyAn employee is pictured at the quality control laboratory
An employee is pictured at the quality control laboratory - Sputnik India, 1920, 28.02.2024
Around 10,000 Indians from different communities recently took part in genome sequencing that aims to support the government in creating a database for gene-based treatments.
India's Science and Technology Minister, Jitendra Singh, commended scientists for their efforts in identifying and compiling the genetic variations of various Indian populations through the sequencing of the genomes of 10,000 healthy individuals from 99 communities across the nation.
Speaking at an event in New Delhi, Singh underscored the significance of this genome sequence data, stating that it will be instrumental in crafting effective healthcare strategies for treatment and prevention. He noted that this repository of Indian genomes, stored at the Indian Biological Data Centre in Faridabad by the Department of Biotechnology, can provide insights into genetic variations specific to Indian population groups, allowing for the customization of drugs and therapies.
Singh contrasted India's initiative with those of other nations like the UK, China, and the US, which have already launched programmes to sequence at least 100,000 genomes.
Highlighting India's unique population structure comprising over 4,600 distinct groups, with many engaging in intermarriage, Singh emphasized the necessity for indigenous solutions to the nation's challenges as it emerges as a scientific leader.
Furthermore, Singh pointed out that within the Indian population, there are specific genetic variations, and a significant number of disease-causing mutations are prevalent in certain groups. Therefore, it is essential to develop research findings tailored to Indians rather than applying global research outcomes indiscriminately.
A health worker from Indian Red Cross Society arranges his Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while taking care of people that came to donate blood at a blood donation camp on the Indian National Doctors' Day in Ahmedabad on July 1, 2020. - Sputnik India, 1920, 28.12.2023
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