Q. Consider the following statements regarding the IndiGen programme:
1. It aims to undertake whole genome sequencing of thousand Indian individuals representing diverse ethnic groups from India.
2. It is funded by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

IndiGen programme aims to undertake whole genome sequencing of a thousand Indian individuals representing diverse ethnic groups from India.  

  • The objective is to create a pilot dataset to enable genetic epidemiology of carrier genetic diseases towards enabling affordable carrier screening approaches in India.  
  • We also hope to mine allele frequencies for genetic variants for estimating population scale prevalence for diverse clinical applications.  
  • The human genome data sets would also be utilized for prioritizing Pharmacogenomics variants specific for Indian population for optimizing therapy and minimizing adverse events.  
  • IndiGen is funded by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). 

Source: The Hindu