DBT to organise series of workshops in the area of ‘Genome Editing Technologies and their Application’
Aiming to bring together researchers in the area of genome editing technologies from academia and industry, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) will soon organise a series of workshops and training in the area of ‘Genome Editing Technologies and their Application’.
Apart from bringing together researchers in the area of genome editing technologies from academia and industry, the workshops and training programmes will also help in conceiving novel ideas, exchange points of view, and foster collaborations. Accordingly, the DBT has solicited proposals from well established researchers and institutions having proven expertise in genome editing technologies for organization of workshops and training programmes.
The DBT’s initiative is significant as genome editing represents the next step of evolution in our ability to analyse and edit the genetics of plants, animals, humans and microbes. The applications of gene editing technologies such as ZFN, TALEN, have grown significantly in recent years. Genome editing technologies and expectations from them are causing a lot of stir around the world as well as in India. The advances in genome editing can be traced back to quiet beginnings in the 1990s, but the current remarkable surge is largely because of the introduction of the CRISPR-CAS9, a genome-editing tool that can be used to make changes in sections of the DNA sequence, in 2012.
The simplicity of that platform, compared with the earlier one being used, has led to its rapid adoption and expansion of its applications. Now genome editing can positively impact the sustainable development, environmental management, food security and find applications in therapeutics.
Considering the importance of genome editing technologies, the DBT is supporting the human resource development through advanced training/ workshop for capacity building and promoting use of genome engineering technologies for early to mid career researchers & post-Docs working in different areas of life sciences like health research, crop improvement, environmental management, livestock improvement etc.