What ails India’s coronavirus genome sequencing system

  Synopsis: Sequencing and analysis of the novel coronavirus, a crucial step in infection containment strategy, declined sharply in India, even as cases of the resultant disease continued to rise.   Introduction India formed the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG), a consortium of 10 genome sequencing labs, in December 2020 to boost efforts for genome sequencing. The… Continue reading What ails India’s coronavirus genome sequencing system

Scientists from four BRICS countries to carry out genomic sequencing and mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic

Source: PIB What is the News? Indian scientists in partnership with other BRICS countries namely China, Russia and Brazil will carry out the genomic sequencing of SARS-CoV-2. They will also study epidemiology and mathematical modelling of the Covid-19. What is Genome Sequencing? Genome sequencing is a process of determining the complete DNA sequence of an… Continue reading Scientists from four BRICS countries to carry out genomic sequencing and mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic

CSIR moots ‘mega labs’ to boost COVID-19 testing

News: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) is working on developing “mega labs” to ramp up testing for COVID-19 as well as improve the accuracy rate. Facts: Mega Labs: These labs will use Next Generation Sequencing(NGS) machines (NGS) which are normally used for sequencing human genomes to sequence 1,500 to 3,000 viral genomes at… Continue reading CSIR moots ‘mega labs’ to boost COVID-19 testing

Basmati rice genome sequenced

News:Recently,Scientists have mapped the complete genome of two basmati rice varieties. Facts: About the findings: Basmati 334: It comes from Pakistan known to be drought tolerant and resistant to rice-killing bacterial blight. Dom Sufid: It comes from Iran, an aromatic long-grain rice that is one of the most expensive on the market. Further,the most genetic… Continue reading Basmati rice genome sequenced

Biotechnology Department will scan 20,000 Indian genomes

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has planned to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes to develop diagnostic tests that can be used to test for cancer. The scanning will take place over the next five years, in a two-phase exercise. The programme is expected to be launched in October 2019 The first phase of exercise will… Continue reading Biotechnology Department will scan 20,000 Indian genomes

Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates NSG facility at CCMB

Union Minister Science and Technology and Earth Sciences has inaugurated the Next Generation Sequencing(NGS) facility at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad. Genome sequencing means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks called bases that make up the DNA molecule.  Genome sequencing helps to understand how genes work together to… Continue reading Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates NSG facility at CCMB

CCMB scientists sequence Asiatic lion genome

Scientists from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology has for the first time sequenced the entire genome of Asiatic lion. Genome sequencing means determining the order of the four chemical building blocks – called “bases” – that make up the DNA molecule. Genome sequencing helps to understand how genes work together to direct the growth,… Continue reading CCMB scientists sequence Asiatic lion genome

Genome sequencing to map population diversity

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has planned to roll out a major mission to sequence the genes of a 1,000 rural youth across India. The project aims at educating a generation of students on the significance of genomics. The project is an adjunct to an Indian government-led programme which is still in the… Continue reading Genome sequencing to map population diversity