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Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with heredity and individual characteristics. Some specific conditions and rare syndromes have a genetic basis. There are a variety of reasons why genetic conditions arise including structural or numerical changes in chromosomes, changes (or mutations) in a single gene or changes (or mutations) in a number of genes. Some conditions tend to run in families whilst others may occur for the first time in a family (sporadic).
The field of Clinical Genetics is rapidly advancing and it is now possible to diagnose a large number of conditions using a variety of testing methods available. If there is evidence of a specific condition amongst family members, the option of genetic testing may be discussed. This may help to confirm or rule out whether an individuals medical ailment are the result of a genetic condition.

The revolution in Clinical genetics during the past two decades has profoundly benefited health in many populations of the Industrialized countries. Unfortunately, these benefits have had little to no impact in developing countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and some other South Asian developing countries.

Currently there are no lab facilities which can provide Genetic testing facilities for screening new born diseases in South Asia for the developing countries mentioned above.

We intend to start South Asias first non profit agency focussed on developing affordable new born genetic disease testing facilities all over South Asia. The deliverables of this organisation to begin with would be:-

(1) Professional Training to deliver basic knowledge of advancement in Clinical Genetics to primary care providers.

(2) Establish Labs for genetic disease testing. Make these services at almost no cost if feasible.


(3) Providing resources to developing nations to achieve a sustained and visible national commitment for planning and providing genetics services for new born screening.


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