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Government has announced its plan to set up a National Genomic Grid, which will study genomic data of cancer patients from India.

National Genomic Grid

  • The grid to be formed will be in line with the National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB) set up at the Indian Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
  • The initiative will be taken forward based on the standard operating procedures set by IIT Madras and guidance from ICMR.
  • The grid will have four parts, with the country divided into east, west, north and south.


  • It will collect samples from cancer patients to study genomic factors influencing cancer and identifying the right treatment modalities for the Indian population.
  • The genomic samples will help researches to have India-specific studies on cancers.
  • NGG will enhance the cancer research to the next level and make treatment viable for people of different economic classes.

About National Cancer Tissue Biobank (NCTB)

  • It is a state-of-the-art non-profit community based tissue biobank.
  • It is a joint initiative of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai.
  • The NCTB is functioning in close association with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
  • NCTB, which has the capacity to stock 50,000 genomic samples from cancer patients, already has samples from 3,000 patients.
  • The government is planning to set up the National Genomic Grid in the same style with pan-India collection centres by bringing all cancer treatment institutions on board.
[Source: The Hindu]


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