While expressing deep concern over the increasing cancer incidents in Malwa region, Professor Jai Rup Singh, former vice-chancellor of Central University of Punjab said that recent advances being made in the area of human genetics could considerably blunt the menace of the deadly diseases in the region, especially in the Bathinda zone.
Rup Singh was speaking on Monday at the inaugural function of the two-day national seminar on "Recent Advances in Human Genetics", being organised by Punjabi University's department of human genetics.
Singh, who is himself a renowned scholar on human genetics, lamented that no significant or in-depth study was available to distinguish between the causalities happening due to environment pollution and genetic factors.
He also called upon the researchers to measure the bad effects of migration on the 'gene pool' of Punjab.
Dwaipayan Bhardwaj, director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR) Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, said that it was a matter of deep concern that India was stood second globally as far as diseases related to diabetes was concerned.
Bhardwaj cautioned about the growing trend of child obesity in the country, especially among the affluent sections of the society.
Meanwhile, in his presidential remarks, MIS Saggu, dean of research at the university said that advancements made in the field of human genetics had facilitated the early diagnosis of different ailments. "Defective genes, singularly or collectively were the major reasons triggering most of the diseases in humans," he said.