Manipur on Wednesday got its first genome sequencing laboratory, which is the first in the region. The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Sequencing Facility began operations today following a function held at the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development at Takyelpat in Imphal West district.

INSACOG aims to focus on genome sequencing of clinical samples to understand the dynamics and severity of the disease.

Advisor to CM, Dr Salam S Ranjan attended the opening function along with Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Vumlungmang Vualnam and State Health Director Dr Rajo.

Later, the officials inspected the laboratory and had an interaction with the experts and scientists to get a know how about the functioning of the genome sequencing facility.

Earlier, Manipur used to send samples to laboratories in cities like Pune and Hyderabad to study the virus strain. The genome sequencing for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants will be performed not only for Manipur but also for other states in the region.