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Archive for February 2011

Science Utsav looks at chemistry in service of society

27 February 2011

AHMEDABAD:To mark the occasion of National Science Day, which falls on February 28, the Gujarat Council of Science City, working under the aegis of the Dept of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, commenced on Friday a week-long celebration at Science City, titled, ‘Science Utsav 2011’, which will continue till March 3.

Celebrations also included silver jubilee festivities of the Gujarat Science Congress (GSC), themed on ‘Chemistry in the service of society’. Dr PK Ghosh, director, Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar, delivered the keynote address which was followed by an inaugural speech by Ravi S Saxena, IAS, additional chief secretary, DST, government of Gujarat………..

Read more: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_science-utsav-looks-at-chemistry-in-service-of-society_1513224

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February 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Posted in CSMCRI

SC wants new report on Sterlite smelter

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) to submit a fresh pollution report on the Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd’s copper smelter located near Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.

The order came amid debate over whether the plant was within prescribed pollution limits, an issue the Central and state pollution control boards continued to disagree on before the court.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the plant could be allowed to function if the company made some rectifications…………

Read more: http://www.livemint.com/2011/02/25234910/SC-wants-new-report-on-Sterlit.html

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February 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

Posted in NEIST

Buyouts skew Indian drug industry

22 Febrary 2011

Tie-ups between Indian drug companies and multinational pharmaceutical firms, which initially received a lot of media attention, have proven to be more beneficial for big pharma than for Indian companies, according to a recent study.

The study authors found that co-operation between multinational pharmaceutical companies and Indian manufacturers had not boosted the R & D capacity of Indian pharmaceutical businesses.

They also found that there had not been any significant transfer of technology from developed countries.

…….Study author Dinesh Abrol, of the  National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS), said that  buying domestic Indian companies would give multinational companies fewer challenges over proprietary technology.

He said that the buyouts would ultimately lead to decreased manufacturing capacity for Indian-made generic drugs…….

Read more: http://www.hc2d.co.uk/content.php?contentId=17654

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February 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

Posted in NISTADS

New-age treatments may stem from cell research

22 February 2011

The country’s largest private healthcare provider, Apollo Hospitals, recently roped in Ashok Khar — a senior scientist associated with research institution Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) — to establish a centre dedicated to stem cell research and application in Hyderabad.

The centre aims to be the hub of all applied stem cell research to happen within Apollo group of hospitals, and has prioritised four areas — cardiovascular diseases (CVD), spinal injuries, stroke and basic research in stem cell activity — for applied research……

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/taketwo/news/new-age-treatments-may-stemcell-research/426069/

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February 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Posted in CCMB

CSIR to have its own commercial arm

20 February 2011

NEW DELHI: The country’s premier scientific research body, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is working on setting up its own commercial arm. Science and technology minister P K Bansal says it is essential to take pathbreaking research that CSIR is doing to the people.

“We should have a commercial arm of CSIR so that people can benefit from the research that they are doing. It can be in the form of a Public-Private Partnership or an initiative of only CSIR but I feel it is very important to take science to the masses. Right now, there are small groups that work in laboratories towards adoption of technologies but no umbrella forum for it,” Bansal said at a function here on Saturday…………

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/CSIR-to-have-its-own-commercial-arm-/articleshow/7529265.cms#ixzz1ESXsR6b5

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February 20, 2011 at 7:16 am

Posted in CSIR

First step in hybrid seed copy

18 February 2011

HYDERABAD:Scientists have produced seeds that are exact copies of their maternal parent in a major advance in crop biotechnology that may help propagate elite crops faster than ever achieved in a century of commercial hybrid farming.

The feat by researchers at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here and institutions in France and the US may allow farmers to recycle the seeds of hybrid crops — something not worthwhile today because they lose their elite traits.

The scientists have created seeds of a weedy relative of cabbage and mustard that are clones — exact duplicates — of the maternal parent, in a technique that may be used to make hybrid crops that will retain their favourable traits generation to generation….

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110219/jsp/nation/story_13604879.jsp

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February 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Posted in CCMB

Clonal reproduction can accelerate plant breeding: CCMB

19 February 2011

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), along with research groups from France-based Institute of National Recherche de la Agronomique and the University of California, has succeeded in cloning seed for next generation.

It has developed Apomixis technologies, the concept of clonal seed formation, which would help in accelerating plant breeding, said Imran Siddiqi, scientist at CCMB, said.

The clonal reproduction through seeds have the potential to revolutionise agriculture and would benefit farmers of developing countries in increasing yields of crop. It occurs naturally in a few plant species and not in food crop.

High-yielding hybrids in crops are made by crossing two parental varieties, which are genetically different from each other. Therefore, the seeds from the hybrid do not perform well like the parent seed, he said……

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/clonal-reproduction-can-accelerate-plant-breeding-ccmb/425705/

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February 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Posted in CCMB

Buying hybrid seeds may become history

18 February 2011

HYDERABAD: Can you imagine farmers working with hybrid seeds not having to buy them every year? Instead, they can clone the seeds on the fields! Seed companies can reduce production costs and bring down time-cycles significantly.

All this could be possible in future, if findings of a collaborative research project involving scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and reputed laboratories abroad could be taken further.

The “path-breaking” discovery, which has been published in today’s issue of the journal Science, entitled “Synthetic clonal reproduction through seeds” has shown the possibility of producing clonal seeds by altering some genes that have a say in reproductive cell-division in plants which reproduce themselves asexually…….

Read more: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article1469004.ece?homepage=true

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February 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Posted in CCMB

Cloning seeds to increase food production

18 February 2011

In a path-breaking research that has a bearing on increasing food production, scientists of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has demonstrated the possibility of cloning seeds that would retain hybrid vigour through generations and also allow the farmer to reuse the hybrid seed saving him high input costs.

Announcing this at a press conference on Friday, Dr Ch Mohan Rao, CCMB Director, said: “The phenomenon of clonal seed formation, known as apomixis, occurs in a few plant species but not in food crops. But our research with other global institutions has shown that it is possible to engineer clonal seed formation in sexual plants.”

The research being published in the 18th issue of Journal Science is a collaborative work between the research groups of Dr Imran Siddiqui of CCMB, Dr Raphael Mercier Institut National Recherché de la Agronomique, France) and Dr Simon Chan (University of California, Davis,USA)……

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/139079/cloning-seeds-increase-food-production.html

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February 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Posted in CCMB

M&M’s 5-seater aircraft to be test-flown in May-June this year

17 February 2011

BANGALORE: Prototypes under development in India, Australia; commercial production to begin in 2013.

India’s first civilian aircraft to be developed under a public-private partnership, is all set to take wings with Mahindra Aerospace, the private partner in the programme, planning to test flight the aircraft this calendar year.

The five-seater civilian aircraft, NM-5, jointly developed by Mahindra Aerospace and National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) is expected to be test-flown in May-June this year.

“We have already finished the design part. Right now, we are building two prototypes and it is simultaneously happening in Australia and India. We will have our first flight by May or June this year,” Arvind Mehra, executive director & CEO of Mahindra Aerospace, told Business Standard…..

Read more: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/mm%5Cs-5-seater-aircraft-to-be-test-flown-in-may-june-this-year/425729/

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February 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Posted in NAL