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Here, spit & get your DNA test in minutes

15 November 2010

NEW DELHI: Imagine taking home a sample of your DNA as a souvenir. That and many other things are on offer at the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF). The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has organized a technofest in which Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) — a part of CSIR— has put up a stall where the human DNA is processed within minutes.

”People don’t know much about DNA. This is a fascinating experience for them as we process the sample before their eyes and also tell them about the procedure. Our aim is make science interesting for youngsters and involve them in the field of research,” said Dr Mitali Mukherji, senior scientist, IGIB, Delhi.

All one has to do is spit in a container and in minutes the sample is processed in a small machine. ”Our stall is getting a lot of visitors. We are giving those visitors their DNA in a small vial which can be preserved,” said Dr Samir Brahmachari, director, CSIR.

This is the first time CSIR is presenting its work to the public. Inagurated by science and technology minister Kapil Sibal, the fest showcases CSIR’s work in diverse fields from drug development to technology for the Indian industry.

CSIR labs have been successful in isolating proteins enzymes which can be used by the leather processing industry in order to bring down the pollution levels. ”Enzymes like Protease, amylase and lipase can be used by the leather industry and can bring down the use of lime and sulphite. The two chemicals are responsible for 60-65% pollution in the leather processing units. The technology was developed by CSIR,” said G Sivaraman, who works in a petrochemical industry which deals with enzymes.

Apart from this, several drugs discovered by CSIR labs were also on display. The Institute of Microbial Technology lab, a part of CSIR, has developed a clot buster drug. ”The present set of clot busters available in the market have been discovered by foreign labs. This is the first indigenous clot buster. Similarly, we have also discovered an immuno-inhibitor which will prove beneficial in transplant cases. This will further bring down the cost of immunosuppressants in the country,” said Dr Girish Sahni, director, IMT, Chandigarh.

With special focus on aerospace and strategic sector, the fest also showcases latest advancements in the minerals and materials; chemicals, petrochemicals and energy; ecology and environment; healthcare and food; agriculture and floriculture; engineering infrastructure and mining sectors. ”From chappati-making machines to drug discovery, CSIR is involved in a lot of research work. The products based on CSIR technology for display in the exhibition are equipment, healthcare products, water purifiers, chemicals and petrochemicals among others,” Brahmachari said.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/Here-spit-get-your-DNA-test-in-minutes/articleshow/6927084.cms#ixzz15Jke7zEY

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Written by csirindia

November 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

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