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About 22% people suffer from allergies

16 July 2012

HUBLI: Dr A.B.Singh, emeritus scientist, Institute of Genomics and integrative Biology, Delhi University expressed concern over the increasing number of allergic cases in the country and said; nearly 22% people in the country are suffering from one or other kind of allergies…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-16/hubli/32697154_1_allergies-pollen-national-seminar


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July 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

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Scientist-cum-entrepreneur aims to cure dandruff

29 April 2012

CHANDIGARH: Dandruff is one of the most common problems cutting across all age groups. Yet there is no universal solution to this problem. But soon an Indian scientist-cum-entrepreneur will have the answer.

For scientist-cum-entrepreneur Rajesh Gokhale, director of the Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, a premier Institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and co-founder of Vyome Biosciences, New Delhi, is working towards a cure for the age-old problem……

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/scientistcumentrepreneur-aims-to-cure-dandruff/942670/

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April 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

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Clean & Sneezy

14 April 2012

Of late, if you’ve been hearing too much of “I’m allergic to …” then you have company. Doctors agree that they have never seen such a large number of allergy cases ranging from bronchial asthma to allergic rhinitis to food and skin allergies. So much so that epidemiologists have started hypothesising about the allergy “epidemic” that seems to have gripped the country. They have zeroed in on the more sanitised “western” lifestyle which many people aspire for and in the bargain seem to have imported the very western propensity to allergies too.

Naysayers can do a simple analysis: the 30 years and older generation had no qualms about drinking water from roadside taps when they were younger. Few would have their children doing the same today. That sums up the allergy story.

Though doctors are quick to add the caveat that the increased reporting of allergies in their respective practices is just as likely to be a function of greater awareness among people, research papers suggest that the increase is not all of perception and reporting. A study by the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology published in the Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine says: “A recent survey carried out in India shows that 20 to 30 per cent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis and 15 per cent develops asthma. A study carried out 30 years ago in Delhi reported around 10 per cent allergic rhinitis and 1 per cent asthma.”…..

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/clean-and-sneezy/936466/

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April 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Study adds weight to kids’ obesity theory: It’s also in genes

NEW DELHI: It is not just the chocolate bars and the potato chips, childhood obesity has its roots in variants of three pre-disposing genes, a study conducted among 3,000 city school children has found.

The study was conducted by researchers of AIIMS and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) on students between the ages of 11 and 17 years…..

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/study-adds-weight-to-kids-obesity-theory-its-also-in-genes/931357/

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April 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

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Six new genes found that trigger diabetes

29 August 2011

CHENNAI: Scientists have found six new genes that trigger diabetes mellitus in South Asians. These genes are responsible for the early onset of diabetes in South Asians, including Indians. Scientists from the UK collaborated with doctors in India, Singapore, Pakistan, Mauritius and Sri Lanka on the study.

This is the first time studies have been conducted in South Asia, where more than 55 million people have diabetes, a majority of them from India and China. So far, scientists have discovered 42 genes associated with diabetes but all these studies were done on Europeans.

……New-Delhi-based Dr Dwaipayan Bharadwaj of Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology said this approach helps unravel complex gene relationships. “These studies don’t take into account environmental factors but reveal gene associations,” he said. Dr Bharadwaj is working on a GWAS study exclusively for Indians..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Six-new-genes-found-that-trigger-diabetes/articleshow/9777286.cms

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August 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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Gene card to tell what drugs to avoid

23 April 2011

NEW DELHI: Scientists have launched a project to develop India’s first personal genetic data cards — credit card-sized plastic-and-magnetic devices that could dramatically expand access to personalised predictive medicine.

In its first phase, the project will capture genetic data to predict a person’s likely response to more than 100 drugs to help him avoid taking medicines that may not benefit him or may cause him serious side-effects.

Scientists also hope to use genetic data to generate probabilistic forecasts of individuals’ susceptibility to a range of diseases — from select cancers to single-gene disorders, from diabetes or heart disease to certain neuro-psychiatric disorders.

A person may get a card by offering a blood or saliva sample that scientists will use to develop a genetic profile. It costs about Rs 15,000 to make the card in the laboratory.

Doctors will be able to scan the card with a mobile phone and access gene-related data stored on a distant computer. But senior science administrators caution that India will need to establish rules for confidentiality and security of genetic data before public release of such cards.

“We’re asking ourselves, ‘Is our society ready for what genome science can offer?’” said Samir Brahmachari, director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the third person to acquire a prototype card after two project scientists.

Genetic testing for disease susceptibility has long sparked concerns about employers or insurance agencies procuring such data in countries where testing is available.

“We’re also concerned about how individuals might use sensitive data,” a project scientist said.

The Indian Council of Medical Research is working with the biotechnology department to develop guidelines for confidentiality of genetic data. This is in progress but is yet to be embedded in law, biotechnology secretary Maharaj Kishan Bhan said.

The project, initiated by researchers at the CSIR’s Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi, stemmed from their study of how gene variations can tell whether a person will or will not respond to a common drug prescribed for asthma — salbutamol……

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110423/jsp/nation/story_13891695.jsp

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April 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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CSIR to help crack east UP virus

09 March 2011

LUCKNOW: Following its failure to identify the precise nature of the entero-viruses which are proving deadly for a large number of children in eastern Uttar Pradesh every year, Pune-based National Institute of Virology has decided to take help from the Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology (IGIB) for genetic sequencing of the virus.

Sources said the IGIB, is a premier institute of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has agreed to assist NIV in identifying the virus. It would use the facilities available at NIV’s field office in Gorakhpur…..

Read more: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/csir-to-help-crack-east-up-virus/759830/

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March 9, 2011 at 11:04 am

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