Genome of medicinal plant Giloy sequenced for the first time in the world, Health News, ET HealthWorld

BHOPAL: Scientists at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal have sequenced the genome of medicinal plant Giloy (Tinosporacordifolia) for the first time in the world. The genome and transcriptome sequencing of the medicinal plant is important due to its tremendous use in pharmaceuticals and ayurvedic formulations to treat various health conditions including COVID-19 and can provide deep insights into the genomic basis of its medicinal properties.

The research was led by Dr. Vineet K. Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, IISER Bhopal, and comprised Ms. ShrutiMahajan and Mr. AbhisekChakraborty, PhD Students, IISER Bhopal, and Ms. TitasSil, BS-MS Student, IISER Bhopal.

The usage of Giloy is also recommended under Ayurveda practice by the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy). It is recommended in prophylactic care as well as therapeutic applications for all symptomatic or asymptomatic patients infected with COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

One of the key aspects of Giloy’s gene sequencing was that this is the first species ever sequenced from the Menispermaceae plant family, which comprises of more than 400 species having therapeutic values. A deep transcriptome sequencing of leaf tissue

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