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Government of India has created a database of genomic variations in oral cancer

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 08, Jul 2021
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  • National Institute of Biomedical Genomics creates world’s first database of genomic variants of oral cancer
  • dbGENVOC is a  browsable  online database of GENomic Variants of Oral Cancer and is a free resource
  • The repository, which will be updated annually with variation data from new oral cancer patients from different regions of India and southeast Asia, has the potential to support advances in oral cancer research and will be a major step in moving forward from simply cataloguing variants to gain insight into their significance.
  • Oral cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer among men in India, largely fuelled by tobacco-chewing


  • The National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG) has been established as an autonomous institution by the Government of India, under the aegis of the Department of Biotechnology.
  • This is the first institution in India explicitly devoted to research, training, translation & service and capacity-building in Biomedical Genomics.