CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has developed a Mobile Science Exhibition (MSE) on Genetic Diseases ‘Gene-Health Connect’ in collaboration with the National Council of Science Museums. The bus (with 20 exhibits) will go around colleges and hospitals of the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states in the next 7 months. The exhibition will discuss how genes function to determine our characteristics, and how genetic diseases spread and can be prevented as well as managed.
Dr N Kalaiselvi, Director-General, CSIR inaugurated the exhibition, and Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Governor of Telangana and Lt Governor of Puducherry addressed at the launch on 8th May at CSIR-CCMB on the occasion of ‘World Thalassemia Day’.
Picture from some of the MSE visits:
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Indians are very prone to genetic diseases due to the high number of carriers of genetic diseases in the population. Scientists understand this has happened due to high consanguineous marriages or within small-sized communities in the country. Timely detection of carrier individuals helps them decide their future decisions better. However, Indians associate social stigma with such detection. Hence, it is important for more discussions to happen on how the current technology can help people, and not add to their problems by timely detection of the possibility of genetic diseases. The Gene-Health Connect Exhibition aims to inform young people about the problem and available solutions.
If you would like the exhibition to come to your institute/organization, please click on the link and fill up the form: