Publish Date: March 4, 2024

Completion of Sequencing of 10000 Genomes of Indian Population: IIT Delhi Scientists Make Significant Contribution

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The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, announced the "Completion of Sequencing of 10,000 Genomes of Indian Population" on February 27, 2024.

The pan-India initiative by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India (, is focused on whole-genome sequencing to identify genetic variations among 10,000 healthy individuals from various ethnic groups, setting the stage for breakthroughs in Precision Healthcare and Personalized Medicine.

Prof. D. Sundar (Principal Investigator) and Prof. Ishaan Gupta (Co-Principal Investigator) from IIT Delhi's Department of Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology played a significant role as key data science partners in the 'GenomeIndia' project. PhD student at IIT Delhi, Nirmal Singh Mahar, also contributed significantly to the project.

This is a multi-institution consortium project involving 20 institutions across the country, and IIT Delhi is excited to be contributing to the development of algorithms and pipelines for de novo assembly of the mitochondrial genome. The IIT Delhi team aims to generate the Indian mitochondrial genome reference to help in enumerating variation, identifying mitochondrial disorders, and tracing the genetic history of the Indian subcontinent.

The announcement event can be watched here:

Coffee Table Book released on this occasion:

(Partnering Institutions)