Centre to set up Dept of Medical Genetics at NIMS

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Hyderabad, May 6 (UNI) The Union Government is planning to set up the Department of Medical Genetics (DMG) at the famous Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here, in collaboration with the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD).

The facility would provide diagnostic, treatment and counselling services to children and families suffering from inherited genetic disorders and impart training to medical professionals in the super speciality.

In a letter to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy that was released to the media here, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Kapil Sibal said it would be the first of its kind in South India and the second in the country, after the one in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.

NIMS would provide the space and facilities for patient care and the CDFD would undertake diagnostic tests for the patients.

Responding to the Union Government's proposal, the Chief Minister said the new facility would give tremendous boost to health sector in the State.

An MoU between the State Government and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) would be signed to materialise the proposal at the earliest.

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