Archive for November 2015
LUCKNOW: The 14th Dr B Mukherji Memorial Lecture was held at Central Drug Research Institute on Friday. On this occasion, Prof Santanu Bhattacharya, director of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, delivered the memorial lecture on “Functional Gene Delivery: Challenges and Promises”.
In his lecture, he said, traditionally, DNA delivery systems are broadly based on either viral or non-viral vectors. Viral vectors are more efficient in delivering the gene as well as in inducing gene expression as a result of their highly evolved and specialized components. However, their use in clinic is limited due to inherent drawbacks, such as adverse immunogenic reactions, restricted targeting of specific cell types, size limitation on DNA, and potential for mutagenesis…
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Director S Chandrasekhar and his colleague G Narahari Sastry have been selected for the J C Bose National Fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology.
They have been selected for the fellowship for their contribution to scientific research and “desire to pursue research in India”…
When Rajesh Gokhale sets up a new lab, he orders sophisticated equipment and some chemical reagents. For a research collaboration with the National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) in Pune, he ordered six buffaloes along with the regular stuff. He could have ordered elephants, but buffaloes were more manageable for the laboratory staff. These two animals have something in common. They get white patches on the skin, similar to the human disease leucoderma that Gokhale is now studying. Drug companies a ..
23 November 2015
COIMBATORE: Lucknow-based Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) is keen on sharing its laboratory facilities available in Lucknow and Bengaluru for the post-graduate students of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) here to work on natural compounds.
The offer was made by CIMAP Director Dr A K Tripathi during his visit to TNAU yesterday…
22 November 2015
Drink juice of Mother Mary’s Pie Melon (Dosakaya in Telugu; Dosaka in Tamil) and counter the lifestyle diseases like diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disorders.
With sugar-laden diet and beverages posing a major risk factor for lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardio-vascular disorders, a group of scientists from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad has studied the effect of Dosakaya (DK) (Cucumis melo var. chito) juice on sucrose-induced glucose intolerance and oxidative stress. While glucose intolerance leads to more than normal levels of glucose in the blood stream (also called pre-diabetes state), oxidative stress is caused by free radicals and associated with many diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and cancer….
21 November 2015
LUCKNOW: The Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) in Lucknow had been working extensively on an anti-malaria drug, Artimisinin, for the past two-and-a-half decades. Last month, it was China that got the Nobel Prize for the drug invention.
A.K. Singh, ex-chief scientist and consultant (technology and business development), CIMAP, said that despite being awarded twice by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for its research and development work on an anti-malarial drug, Artimisinin, CIMAP missed the international recognition…
22 November 2015
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and the Biotech Research Society (BRSI) India, are jointly organising an international conference on the latest developments in the frontier areas of biotechnology here from Sunday…