Dr. Jitendra Singh,Minister for Science and Technology, Government of India,recently launched Diagnostic kits for Celiac Disease at an event held in the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten(a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), leads to damage in the small intestine. Majority of Indians are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications including Type I diabetes, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers. Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet.
These diagnostic kits have been developed through a collaborative, multi-institutional,inter-disciplinary approach funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Governmentof India. The participating institutions were ICGEB, New Delhi, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Gurgaon; All IndiaInstitute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and M/s J. Mitra and Co., New Delhi (Industrial partner). The kits would now be made commercially available by M/s J. Mitra& Co. Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi. These indigenous kits are rapid, sensitive, specific and would be much cheaper as compared to the imported kits.
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