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Indian scientists seek to prove genetic basis of Ayurvedic Prakriti

03 November 2015

As part of Ayurveda, Indian medical practitioners have for centuries categorized individuals under three major types under the umbrella concept of Prakriti—Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Now, a team of Indian scientists, using genome analysis, have published a paper in Nature journal showing this phenotypic classification by traditional Indian medicine indeed has a genetic basis and ancient medicine in a way is personalised medicine. For their study, researchers conducted a genomewide SNP, or single nucleotide polymorphism, analysis on 262 men.

“We carried out a thorough assessment of normal individuals and put one million genetic markers to analyse and segregate on the basis of Prakriti,” said Kumarasamy Thangaraj of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, which works under the state-run Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/NhIRTaktTYGtqbWrTP8vrL/Indian-scientists-seek-to-prove-genetic-basis-of-Ayurvedic-P.html

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November 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

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