Department of Biotechnology in India will focus more on fetal research


K Vijayaraghavan, secretary of Department of Biotechnology said that the department will focus more on research on fetal development and maternal health. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 13th international seminar on ‘Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases’ organised by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF), University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and Florida International University (FIU), in Chennai, India. Fetal research is highly essential especially in this era of diseases/disorders in newborn babies. Many fetal disorders cannot yet be treated, or treated adequately. Surgical interventions to repair severe developmental abnormalities have yielded uneven results and require further exploration. Hence, the Biotech department’s efforts to focus on fetal research will indeed be useful.

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