India Today | 3rd December 2021

One of the biggest developments in science has been the precise deciphering of the entire human DNA sequence, our genome. The mapping of the DNA blueprint has led to accelerated developments globally in the field of genomics, which deals with the study of all the genes of an organism, their interaction with one another, and their environment.

To put it simply, all living organisms possess a genome that serves as an instruction manual for the growth and sustenance of the organism. By sequencing the genome of a person, we can delve into the nuances of the person’s genetic identity and gain better insights into several aspects of the person’s health conditions, helping empower them to make informed health choices. Further, genome sequencing has brought forth paradigm shifts in various associated fields such as human biology, medicine, agriculture, precision diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals.