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16 January, 2019 12:40:37 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 January, 2019 12:06:59 PM
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Country’s maiden whole genome sequencing lab starts operation

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Country’s maiden whole genome sequencing lab starts operation

The Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) officially started the operations of its whole genome sequencing laboratory yesterday (Tuesday). Minister of science and technology Yeafesh Osman inaugurated the laboratory. In the laboratory, it would be possible to detect and diagnose all types of genetic diseases, including different cancers, within three days. Earlier, there was no facility in Bangladesh that could detect such diseases.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said with the inauguration of the laboratory, a new era in Bangladesh’s scientific research has been ushered in. “Earlier, for genome sequencing, we needed to send DNA samples abroad, which was both expensive and time-consuming. Now we will be able to do that in our country.”

In the laboratory, the latest Novaseq-6000 machine has been installed. This can detect a large number of genetic mutations, including those of different cancers. Dr Md Selim Khan, chief scientist of the new laboratory, said, “Whole-genome sequencing involves determining the exact order of the 3 billion chemical bases that make up human DNA, the molecule that encodes the instructions for assembling and sustaining life. Whole-genome sequencing offers the most comprehensive assessment of differences between patients' normal and cancer genomes,” he said, adding that as the number of cancer patients is increasing in the country, this new lab facility will help detect diseases.

Dr Khan said advancements in genome sequencing technologies have resulted in remarkable increases in accuracy and read-length, as well as decreases in overall cost, which have spurred a significant increase in the utilisation of these technologies. Genome sequencing represents a landmark in the way scientists study the genetic information of living organisms. In the 1970s, the first generation of genome sequencing methods was introduced and was industrialised and widely distributed in the following years, said Dr Khan.

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