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News - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur: Course launched for beginners on Genomics Study

In order to motivate beginners of under graduate engineering courses to enrol for Genomics Study, the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Kharagpur has launched an ambitious programme. The main focus of this laboratory will be to teach all the second year students the basic techniques of life sciences that will include microscopy-based observation, molecular biology, protein structure and function and lastly, bioinformatics.

Prof Sudip K Ghosh of Department of Biotechnology said, "To engage the brightest young engineering minds in biology research, particularly in genomics and genome engineering, IIT Kharagpur is going to start the genomics laboratory facility for engineering students from all the branches of engineering".
Prof Ghosh also said, He will be heading this lab. The lab will be functional 24x7 and will be equipped with all the required tools required for cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, sequencing facility and microscopy facility. Though few laboratories of similar nature are already present abroad, this will the first of its kind in India.

What is Genomics? :

Genomics is a branch of molecular biology dealing with the structure, function, evolution and mapping of genomes that contain DNA information.

Genomics which helps researchers discover why some people get sick from certain infections, includes the scientific study of complex diseases such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes and cancer because these diseases are typically caused more by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, than by individual genes.

About the course :

These experiments will teach the students about building blocks of life, construction of protein structure from DNA sequence, mutation and its effect on enzyme structure

Students will be engaged in DNA and protein profiling and will also be able to identify the biological father of a baby by simulation of DNA gel electrophoresis (the movement of charged particles in a fluid or gel under the influence of an electric field) using the whole genome.

Students will be able to visualise protein inside the bacteria and animal cell using fluorescent microscopy and conduct many experiments to get an overall idea from the cell to the genome.


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