Vibrio cholerae, as seen under light microscope (Right, By CDC [Public domain]), or by transmission electron microscope (Left, By Tom Kirn, Ron Taylor, Louisa Howard - Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility[Public domain]), via Wikimedia Commons

Decoding cholera: How a comma-shaped bacterium creates an epidemic

P Surat

The last two hundred years have seen seven cholera pandemics and multiple regional outbreaks. Now, a new study from researchers at Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, explores how Vibrio cholerae, the comma-shaped bacterium which causes cholera, uses flagella and quorum sensing mechanisms to survive and form biofilms, which increase disease spread and enhance the potential for epidemics.

Mother’s sleep affects offspring’s brain development in rats

The next-generational effects of disturbed sleep

Jeenisha Dabreo

The quality of sleep a mother gets during pregnancy may be linked intimately with the health and development of the child, even after birth. In a new study using rats as model systems, researchers show that disturbances in sleep during the final trimester of pregnancy results in altered sleep profiles and delayed brain maturation in the offspring.

A juvenile frog of species Rhacophorus pseudomalabaricus

A deadly frog killer in India

Fathima Athar

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), an aquatic fungus, has been implicated in the decline or extinction of nearly 200 frog species worldwide. Now for the first time, researchers have mapped and assessed the spread of this deadly pathogen in Indian frog populations, performing extensive field studies in locations ranging from the Himalayas to the Western Ghats to the Anadaman and Nicobar islands.

Dispatches from IndiaBioscience

Keynote lecture by K. VijayRaghavan at Young Investigators' Meeting 2018.

Slides from the talks at recently-held YIM2018 are available in our resource section here and here.

Find pictures from YIM2018 on our Flickr channel here.

A report on "Gender-sensitization in Indian science: attitudes and action items" emerging from a session on sexual harassment in the workplace at YIM2018, written by Shubha Tole and L.S. Shashidhara and supported by YIM2018 participants from 47 different institutions was published in Current Science and can be found here.