J&K CM inaugurates Institute of Human Genetics

Terming it as a landmark, J&K CM Omar Abdullah inaugurated the Institute of Human Genetics in Jammu University.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 23:13 PM IST

Jammu: Terming it as a landmark, Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday inaugurated the
Institute of Human Genetics (IHG) in Jammu University.

"This is a landmark step in application of modern
technology to address the challenges of genetic disorders and
other diseases of far reaching impact", Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah said after inaugurating the institute.

Giving details of the project, the Director of the
Institute Subash Gupta said that among other activities, the
institute will generate data on human genetic diseases in
Jammu and Kashmir and genetic screening of patients of high
risk families.

The institute will also help in detection of cancer of
different natures by Fish Technique method and conduct
population screening for diabetes, genetic diversity,
bio-chemical screening, he said.

It will impart training to the students of medical stream
and life sciences in the concerned fields. It will also
work for public awareness against various diseases including
those of genetic nature, he added.

Bio-chemical analysis of cells, gene detection and
chromosome studies in human beings will also be the part of
the activities in the institute to find out genetic disorders
and suggest corrective measures for these, Gupta said.

The institute envisages three phases involving an
expenditure of about Rs six crore. Its first phase launched by
Chief Minister has been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.60 crore
and the other two phases would come in due course of time, he
added.

PTI