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NCBS, TIGS join hands to address India’s health and food security issues

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Posted on 11 Dec 2021
12:33 PM
The NCBS-TIGS partnership will positively contribute to environmental resilience and help control the effects of a changing global climate.

The NCBS-TIGS partnership will positively contribute to environmental resilience and help control the effects of a changing global climate. Source : shutterstock

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Summary
The collaboration aims to use science and technology to answer key, fundamental and applied questions in human health and agriculture
TIGS brings with it top-quality science to solve problems in the domains of rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases and nutrition, using cutting-edge science and technology

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS) have announced a new institutional alliance to jointly address human health and food security issues with new advances in genetics and technology.

The alliance was announced on December 10 in the presence of NCBS director Satyajit Mayor, TIGS director Rakesh Mishra and TIGS trustee Manoj Kumar.

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According to a statement by NCBS, the collaboration seeks to bring the most recently developed science and technologies to address key fundamental and applied questions in the areas of human health and agriculture.

“The engagement with TIGS is a wonderful opportunity for NCBS researchers to engage with questions that concern both genetics and society, and at the same time broaden the collaborative footprint of TIGS at the Bangalore Life Science Cluster,” said Mayor.

NCBS is a member of the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSc), along with the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP).

The thriving intellectual environment and quality infrastructure at BLiSc is expected to catalyse scientific productivity and application at scale, the NCBS statement said, adding that this engagement could possibly broaden the partner base in BLiSc, contributing to the vision of making BLiSc a leader in facilitating and implementing scientific solutions of societal benefit through a deep understanding of fundamental science.

According to TIGS director Mishra, by joining hands with NCBS, TIGS brings top-quality science closer to addressing societal problems in the domain of rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases and nutrition, using cutting-edge science and technology.

TIGS trustee Kumar added that recent breakthrough technologies in genetics have started to demonstrate some incredible applications across human health and food security issues.

“I am confident that the NCBS-TIGS partnership will positively contribute to several of them, including the adaptation and resilience of the environment, both natural and human-made, to dampen or control the effects of a changing global climate,” Kumar stressed.

Established in 2017, TIGS is a non-profit institute in Bangalore committed to making scientific advances in research on human health and agriculture, particularly to benefit the Indian population. The institute’s current areas of focus include alternative control methods for vector-borne diseases, developing better crops with higher productivity, and finding technological means to alleviate the global issue of antibiotic resistance.

NCBS is a premier Bangalore-based research institute that uses experimental and computational approaches in the frontier areas of biology to study molecules, cells and organisms. It has all the facilities that a research scientist may need.

Last updated on 11 Dec 2021
16:13 PM
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