A tribute to father of modern genomics


The team from Genotypic Technology

As a mark of paying tribute to late, two-time Nobel Prize laureate and British Biochemist, Prof Dr Frederick Sanger, Genotypic Technology, a Bangalore-based Genomics service provider, for the first time organized a hands-on workshop on Sanger Sequencing for students, professors and experts from various industries here in Bangalore on February 1, 2014.

Sanger Sequencing has been in existence for more than 20 years and is said to be an out-dated technology, but still used significantly in genome sequencing.

Speaking exclusively to BioSpectrum in this regard, Dr K Kannan, professor of Biotechnology at the University School of Biotechnology, GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi, and chief guest at the workshop who has interacted with Prof Sanger while he was alive, said, "Dr Sanger always spoke about tackling unsolved problems, problems which went untouched by brilliant minds. He always acknowledged people who helped him."

"When I looked at extracellular role of Ubiquitin and the role in haematopoiesis, most people were working on the intracellular role. He inspired me to not to join the bandwagon, and that it is going to be a struggle. He always believed that only dead fish swam with the current and the living ones went against it. That's a powerful message," he further explained.

Dr Raja C Mugasimangalam, founder & CEO, Genotypic Technology, expressed, "I worked in human genome project, both in Israel and US. Many technologies have come and gone. However, Dr Sanger's sequencing is still the standard for validations. We have conducted this workshop to teach students the basics of this technique and its practical applications. It is also a tribute to the legend and we are celebrating his innovation."


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