Why in news?
The government recently announced that the national genome grid would be setup.
What is this?
- It will study genomic data from Indian cancer patients.
- The project will collect samples from cancer patients with their permission by bringing all cancer treatment institutions on board through a network of pan-Indian collection centres.
- The grid to be developed will be consistent with the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) established at the Indian Technology Institute in Madras.
- The Department of Sciences and Technology (DDST), the Government of India and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, are joint initiatives for National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB).
- The samples collected will aid in cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, etc.
- This research is conducted by the genome sequencing technique.
- The Government aims to improve cancer research and make treatment feasible for individuals of various economic groups through the National Genomic Grid.
- NGG aims to research cancer-related genetic factors and determines the appropriate approach to care for the Indian population.