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‘Quality assurance is most important in human genetics'

Staff Correspondent


No dearth of funds for research in genetics: Katoch

‘Funds should be used in a proper manner'


Manipal: V.M. Katoch, Secretary in the Department of Health Research, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said on Monday that quality assurance was of primary importance in the field of human genetics.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the three-day 36th annual conference of the Indian Society of Human Genetics and International Conference on Genomics, Genetic Diseases and Diagnostics organised by the Manipal Life Sciences Centre. Mr. Katoch, who was Director-General of Indian Council of Medical Research, said that standard guidelines, proper protocols and markers should be established in the country. The Government had to play an active role in this process. There was no dearth of funds for research in this field. But these funds needed to be used in a proper manner.

Centres on Human Genetics need to be set up throughout the country. But private players of repute such as Manipal University could be equal partners in the field of advanced research, Mr. Katoch said.

President of Indian Society of Human Genetics V.R. Rao said: “As we proceed with more success in genomics medicine, which is going to be a reality in future, there are bound to be several social, ethical and legal issues, more so in societies that are highly stratified.”He said he was glad there were papers for discussion on ethical, legal and social issues at the conference. “In fact, Indian Society of Human Genetics can play an important role in initiating a dialogue across various sections of society, as mechanism of education, awareness generation and formulate policy guidelines,” Mr. Rao said.

Director of Manipal Life Sciences Centre K. Satyamoorthy welcomed the gathering. Registrar of Manipal University delivered the introductory remarks. Vice-Chancellor K. Ramnarayan presided over the function. K. Thangaraj proposed a vote of thanks. Scientist Lalji Singh was present.

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