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Department Of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology is an Indian government department, under the Ministry of Science and Technology responsible for administrating development and commercialisation in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India.

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Pan-India 1000 genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 completed: Dr Harsh Vardhan
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Pan-India 1000 genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 completed: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday announced the completion of pan-India 1000 genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 here on Saturday.

Punjab CM launches nutritional milk drink to boost immunity
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Punjab CM launches nutritional milk drink to boost immunity

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched a nutritional drink produced by Milkfed to boost people's immunity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zydus begins human trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine
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Zydus begins human trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine

Pharmaceutical major Zydus on Wednesday started human clinical trials of its plasmid DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D -- a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Harsh Vardhan, Narendra Singh Tomar release Guidelines for evaluation of Nano-based agri-input and food products
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Harsh Vardhan, Narendra Singh Tomar release Guidelines for evaluation of Nano-based agri-input and food products

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday released 'Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano Based Agri-Input and Food Products in India' along with Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Zydus Cadila approaches DCGI to use hepatitis drug for COVID-19 clinical trial
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Zydus Cadila approaches DCGI to use hepatitis drug for COVID-19 clinical trial

The country's top drug regulator, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), has received an application from Zydus Cadila, the leading global pharmaceutical company in India, to conduct clinical trial using antiviral drug 'Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b' in adult COVID-19 patients.It is important to note that the drug -- Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b has been used in the treatment of COVID-19 in China and Cuba and is a part of the treatment guidelines of the Chinese government.It may be noted that Zydus Cadila has been commercially manufacturing Pegylated Interferon Alpha-2b under the brand name, PegiHep, since 2011 for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C.

Coronavirus cases in India rise to 29,974; no new cases in 17 districts in 28 days
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Coronavirus cases in India rise to 29,974; no new cases in 17 districts in 28 days

The number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 29,974 on Tuesday evening after 1594 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a video-conference with directors of the Department of Biotechnology, its 18 autonomous bodies, and PSUs and asked them to fast-track the activities pertaining to the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, Agarwal said.The Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said that a total of 6,869 people have been cured of coronavirus in India so far, taking the recovery rate to 23.3 per cent.6. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that the country will be able to produce indigenous coronavirus-testing kits by May.

Union Health Minister asks DBT, others to fastrack development of COVID-19 vaccine
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Union Health Minister asks DBT, others to fastrack development of COVID-19 vaccine

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a video-conferencing meeting with directors of Department of Biotechnology, its 18 autonomous bodies and PSUs and asked them to fastrack the activities pertaining to the development of the vaccine for COVID-19, said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, here on Tuesday."Union Health Minister held a video-conferencing meeting with Directors of Department of Biotechnology, its 18 autonomous bodies and PSUs and asked them fast-track development of antibody detection kits, RT-PCR detection kits and COVID-19 vaccine, under Make in India.He informed that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for home isolation of people who either have very mild COVID-19 symptoms or are in the pre-symptomatic phase.

Combating COVID-19: DBT-BIRAC seek proposals on development of diagnostics, vaccines, other interventions
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Combating COVID-19: DBT-BIRAC seek proposals on development of diagnostics, vaccines, other interventions

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) had invited applications on COVID-19 research consortium. The first phase of the call ended on March 30 and around 500 applications were received from academia and industry.

DBT, CSIR, DST, DAE labs can conduct covid19 testing: ICMR
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DBT, CSIR, DST, DAE labs can conduct covid19 testing: ICMR

In a significant development related to the COVID19 diagnosed testing, now laboratories under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) can also conduct the testing to detect the virus, as approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Thursday.

IIT-H researchers find 'new molecule' to treat ALS
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IIT-H researchers find 'new molecule' to treat ALS

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) on Wednesday said its researchers have found a molecule called 'AIM4' that shows promise in the treatment of a rare and debilitating neurodegenerative disease called 'Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis'(ALS).

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