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India Proposes Plant Genome Research, Nanotechnology Center

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (GenomeWeb News) - India announced two forward moves in genomics today with the unveiling of a Plant Genome Research Road Map, and in Hyderabad, the planned organization of a nanotechnology center at Hyderabad's center for cellular and molecular biology, news reports said.


The Indian government disclosed the Plant Genome Research RoadMap at the Indian Science Congress, held in Chandigarh, according to the BBC. It involves using plant genomics to design genetically modified crops that can better feed India's growing population, such as a high-protein potato, Assis Datta, Director of the National Center for Plant Genome Research, told the BBC.


Meanwhile, the CCMB in Hyderabad is seeking financing of about 280 million Rupees, or $6.14 million, for the nanotechnology center, according to India's Financial Express. The nanotechnology center is being designed to combine scientists from biology, physics, and chemistry, to study biology for seeing the genetic material in DNA, and to use microarrays or lab-on-a-chip devices.  Part of the proposal includes setting up a 600 MHz imaging facility, the news report said.


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