‘GenomeIndia: Cataloguing the Genetic Variation in Indians’ project has been sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on 16.01.2020 for a period of 3 years to 20 institutions from varied disciplines across the country. The whole-genome sequencing under GenomeIndia has just started.
The proposed target of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is to do it for a total of 10000 individuals representing the country’s diverse population in 3 years. The information generated from whole-genome sequencing can facilitate future human genetics research in the country with greater precision, and to design a genome-wide association array for the Indian population to develop precision healthcare and diagnostics for major diseases at affordable costs.
The data security and sharing measures for this project will be governed by the rules and regulations formulated by the Government of India. The personal information of all individuals consenting to participate in the study is stripped off from any further records in this project. This process of de-identification ensures that the personal information of the participants is not compromised. Additionally, ethical measures are strictly adhered to in order to maintain data security and protection.
Source – GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
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