Varanasi, October 8, 2011: Padamshree Dr Lalji Singh, Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, has been invited to deliver a talk on “Genetic diversity in Indian populations and its health implications” in the Plenary Session of 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG) and 61st American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting scheduled to be held in Montreal, Canada from October 11 to 15.
This is most prestigious congress on Human Genetics usually held at interval of five years. The first congress was held in 1956 in
Dr. Lalji Singh is internationally known for his monumental work on human races & origin and its genetic basis. Prof. Singh and his group have undertaken the study on genetic diversity in primitive tribes of
His work indicates that the Andamanese have closer affinities to Asian than to African population and suggests that they are the descendants of the early Paleolithic colonizers of Southeast Asia – the hunter gatherers and the first migrants moved out of Africa about 60,000-100,000 years ago. These findings have revolutionized the ways of thinking about the origin of man in terms of their evolution and migration from place to place. His group’s recent work on Genetic diversity in Indian populations “Reconstructing Indian population history” was published as a full article in Nature in 2009 and it was also given on the Cover page of Nature. His publications provide strong evidence that the Aryan and Dravidian races in
The information generated by Dr. Singh has a great impact on Human Society. Keeping this in view Dr. Singh has established a Genome Foundation in Uttar Pradesh which is functioning with people participation and is utilizing the voluntary services of retired scientists and professionals. This foundation aims at controlling Human diseases and suffering based on genetic disorder, which are being transmitted from one generation to another generation. The problem of genetic disorders in
A PPP Cell-BHU Press release