Jitendra Singh dedicates first Indian Biological Data Center to the nation

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Jitendra Singh dedicates first Indian

Union Minister of state for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh dedicated India’s first national repository for life science dataIndian Biological Data Center’ (IBDC) to the nation on 10 November 2022 at Faridabad. 

About Indian Biological Data Center

  • In this data centre Indian researchers will store biological data from publicly funded research.

  • The digitised data will be stored on a four-petabyte supercomputer called ‘Brahm’. A petabyte equals 10,00,000 gigabytes (gb).

  • The government has mandated that data on all publicly funded research should be stored in this central repository.

  • It will not only provide researchers a platform to securely store their data within the country, but also provide access to a large database of indigenous sequences for analysis.

  • The Bio-Bank currently accepts nucleotide sequences to digitise the genetic of humans, plants, animals and microbes.

  • The bio-bank now has 200 billion base pair data, including 200 human genomes sequenced under the '1,000 Genomes Project', an international effort to map genetic variations in people.

  • The project will also focus on populations that are vulnerable to certain diseases.

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