The Ministry of Science & Technology has launched the first indigenously developed, cost-effective diagnostic test kit for celiac disease, a digestive disorder involving intolerence to gluten.
It usually occurs in young children and is characterized by marked abdominal distention, malnutrition, wasting, and the passage of large, fatty, malodorous stools.
The kit was launched at a function here yesterday by Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh and is part of its initiative to expand its activities into the health sector.
The launch came close on the heels of the Department of Science & Technology launching a cost-effective injectable polio vaccine and rotavirus vaccine about two months ago.
The kit has been developed by Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry through a project sponsored by it with the involvement of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and an industrial partner, J. Mitra & Co.
The diagnostic assay test, through this method, will be affordable, rapid, sensitive and more specifically, will allowi prompt therapeutic interventions.
Dr. (Prof.) Mauro Giacca, Director General ICGEB Treste, Italy, Dr. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and senior faculty of AIIMS, New Delhi were present on the occasion.