At the moment, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) — under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare — has 10 hub INSACOG Genome Sequencing Labs (IGSLs) and 18 satellite IGSLs in the country. Each state or Union territory has a set number of sentinel centres, each of which must send 15 samples every 15 days to the mapped IGSL. Each genome sequencing run takes between 24 and 48 hours.
According to the report, 83 percent of respondents (genome sequencing labs) in India expect their already heavy workload to grow by 10 percent in the next two years.
While the aim of the study was finding long-term benefits of genomics — how this data coupled with high-performance computing and Artificial Intelligence could lead to personalised, affordable medication, its immediate application is of more interest.