For the first time, Indian scientists will be mapping every single tissue of the human body to have a deeper understanding of the roles of tissues and cells linked to various diseases. This project is termed as MANAV: Human Atlas Initiative which aims towards improving knowledge on human physiology and is launched by the Department of Biotechnology under Ministry of Science and Technology.
Talking about the development of the embryo, the theory is minute and not so deep. The formation of embryo takes place when a male contributing sperm and a female contributing egg mate together and the fusion of their reproductive cell forms a zygote which is initially a single celled and is later divided further into many parts. Cells form tissue, tissues form organ (heart, lungs, kidneys, etc), and organs form an organ system (nervous system, respiratory system, etc).
The project MANAV involves gaining better biological insights through physiological and molecular mapping, developing disease models through predictive computing and having a holistic analysis and finally drug discovery.
The student community, who will form the backbone of assimilating the information, will be trained and imparted with skills to perform annotation and curation of information that will ultimately form the online network.
The Dept of Bio-Tech has invested funds shared between two institutions in Pune- National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) and Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER).
Who Can Participate In This Project?
The project can be signed up by students who are in their final year graduation and above. Student from the field of biochemistry, biotechnology, microbiology, botany, zoology, bioinformatics, health sciences, systems biologists, pharmacologists and data sciences can associate with this project. Even participants having a science background but not necessarily involved in active scientific research can be a part of this network. There is no restriction on the time period set for students participation.
This will be a great initiative to revolutionize the field of medical science and our approach to understand the human body. This platform will impart key skills to the student community to read classified scientific literature, in this case, on individual tissue-basis, and perform annotation and curation.
For complete information, you can visit the official website- https;//manav.gov.in