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India gets DNA research centre
Laboratory, PA
India has a massive amount of health data
A $5m (2.6m) research centre in India aims to identify patterns of genetic disorders among Indians by placing the country's health data on to computer.

The centre, to be located in the southern city of Hyderabad, will be called the Sun Centre of Excellence and use cutting edge computer technology.

It will make the data easily available for scientists, which should speed up medical research in the country.

Officials will seek to make links with other institutions around the world.

The institute will be based at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad.

It is part-funded by the US computer company Sun Microsystems.

The director of the CDFD, S Ehtesham Hasnain said the health data and networking would enable the centre to forecast diseases.

Dr Hasnain said it would also help set correct priorities in diagnostics and healthcare in the country and assist in discovery of new medicines.

Speaking at the launch function, vice-president of Sun Microsystems Kim Jones said the centre would be establishing one of the largest databases of its type in the world.

She added that it would be of a great help to scientists as well as society in the long term.




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