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Currently, India does not have a national policy on preventing and controlling genetic disorders like haemophilia, a chronic condition because of which even a relatively minor injury can result in death because blood fails to clot. It is estimated that 1 in 10,000 Indians suffers from it, indicating a relatively large burden of patients. Moreover, there are several social and economic costs associated with the disorder.
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These recurring headaches, which are usually accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision, can be debilitating and while there's no cure for them right now, a solution might just be around the corner. Samanth Subramanian and Padmaparna Gosh find out more in this episode of The Intersection.
Growing up in India, I never met or heard about Indians with African lineages. Then in 2005 I watched a dance performance by the Sidi Goma, a group of musicians from an African Indian community, and I was astonished and mesmerised. Since then I've discovered that India's African roots are much older than the Siddis, and are not only evident in numerous other communities, but percolate through direct descent in the blood of at least 600 million Indians.
"I hope you've been told about the birds and the bees," said KS Mehta, visibly concerned about my ability to grasp the complicated things sex can lead to. We were sitting in his DNA testing centre in south Delhi and I had asked him for backstories of the many paternity tests he had facilitated so far.