Archive for February 2011
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………..
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…………
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…….
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……
20 February 2011
“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…………
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….
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……