BCSIR inaugurates first genome sequence lab

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:00, Jan 16,2019

 
 

Science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman addresses the inauguration of human whole genome sequencing programme at BCSIR in Dhaka on Tuesday. — New Age photo

Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on Tuesday formally launched the activities of the country’s first Human Whole Genome Sequencing laboratory to find out new genetic diseases of people.
Science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman inaugurated the libratory activities attending as chief guest at BCSIR in the city.
‘The people of the country will get benefit of the global genome sequence by diagnosing unknown diseases including cancer in human genetics,’ the minister said while addressing the audience on the occasion.
Many probes related to genome sequencing and specific mutation samples were sent abroad for diagnosis and that too was very costly, he said.
Now people would get the international standard health services through the genome sequencing lab in the BCSIR, he said.
These were affecting the country’s revenue as well as much genetic information was being trafficked out of the country, he said.
Genome of 48 people could be sequenced within three days through latest sequencing machine of the world set up in the laboratory, said Dr Md Selim khan, head of five member team who were working in the lab.
He said that the country was going to enter the era of personalised medicine through the laboratory.
BCSIR chairman Md Faruk Ahmed presided over the function while Asia Pacific Japan senior field applications scientist Jason Koo addressed the function among others.
Any kind of genetic diseases would easily be identified with affordable cost in the laboratory, the official said.

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