Four private Bengaluru labs get nod for genome testing

“The laboratories will be required to clearly indicate the source of funding for undertaking sequencing activities.

Published: 24th February 2022 07:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2022 07:00 AM   |  A+A-

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A medic at the Spicehealth Genome Sequencing Laboratory. (Photo | EPS/Shekhar Yadav)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Four private laboratories from Bengaluru are among the six from the country that have been approved by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology to conduct genome sequencing of Covid-19 samples. 

Strand Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, Genotypic Technologies Pvt Ltd, Medgenome and Eurofins Genomics India Pvt Ltd  have got the nod for inclusion in the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) .

“The laboratories will be required to clearly indicate the source of funding for undertaking sequencing activities. Samples will be routed and reported via an INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratory (IGSL),” said an official statement from the Department of Biotechnology. The other two labs approved are CARINGdx, Mahajan Imaging Pvt Ltd, New Delhi and Neuberg Supratech Reference Labs Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad. 

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