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Takshashila Issue Brief – Biobanking policies in India

By Sunila Dixit1, Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida1, Manjulika Vaz2 and Shambhavi Naik1 1Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru 2Health & Humanities, St John’s Research Institute, St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru Download this Issue Brief as a PDF Executive Summary Biobanks are set to become the norm as large scale datasets appear...

How should India’s Vaccine Mandate Policy look like?

The recent wave of Covid-19 infections across the United States has been a setback for employers, schools, and universities who were readying to open their offices and campuses. From a “no mask needed for the fully vaccinated” policy 50 days back to vaccines being made compulsory by both state administrations...

Takshashila Policy Advisory – COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in India

Download the Policy Advisory  Executive Summary  Vaccine mandates are instruments for the government or private institutions to make it compulsory for its citizens/employees/students to be vaccinated for a specific disease in order to avail the benefits and services of the state or the institution. As various countries mandate the use...

The Assisted Reproductive Bill needs a thorough debate of the various medical, legal and ethical concerns it raises before it’s passed

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on September 14th, 2020, and has been listed for debate in the ongoing monsoon session. The Bill aims to regulate the Assisted Reproductive Technology services, prevent misuse, promote ethical practices and, protect women and children from exploitation. Though...

Digital health cooperation with Israel is in India’s health interest

By Shambhavi Naik and Gedaliah Afterman India’s dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases has refocused the local debate on the mismatch between demand and supply of medical services across the country. This discrepancy is aggravated by local lockdowns impeding access to doctors and fear of infection, as people are encouraged to seek...

A new model for equitable access to Scientific Publications for Indians

By Ruturaj Gowaikar, Vinayak Jain and Shambhavi Naik The most widely used business model that research-publication houses employ is the ‘pay to publish and pay to read’ model. The high subscription costs of scientific publications under such a model is a huge barrier for researchers all over the world. For...

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Will the Standing Committee’s concerns about privacy, capacity be addressed by Parliament?

This article first appeared in Firstpost The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 is listed for consideration in the ongoing budget session of the Parliament. The Bill is aiming to create a DNA Regulatory Board to oversee the standardization of DNA profiling – a technique widely employed in...

STIP2020: A wish-list, not a policy

This article first appeared in IndiaTogether The COVID-19 experience has brought attention to the importance of science, technology and innovation. Researchers facilitated the rapid understanding of a new virus. Technology underpinned efforts for curbing the spread of the disease. Entrepreneurship led to quick production of diagnostics, treatment and vaccines. But...

Will Indian Scientific Temper Survive 2021?

(This article was first published in The Wire) 2020 was a disaster year for almost everyone – but it was a unique opportunity for Indian science. An oft-neglected enterprise, it received unprecedented attention as scientists tried to innovate in the diagnostics, treatment and vaccine spaces. Taken together, this was an...

Takshashila Blue Paper — A Framework for Governing Human Gene Editing in India

Download the Blue Paper in PDF [430 KB] This Blue Paper was prepared as a result of a roundtable discussion organised by the Takshashila Institution on 15 December 2017, based on the Discussion Document: A Framework for Governing Gene Editing. The discussion document developed an analytical framework to differentiate gene...
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