Scientists studying saliva of Indians find a thriving community of microbes in it. Though most of these are common to globally observed members of the oral microbiome, a few bacteria are exclusive to the Indian population.
A team of researchers from Mumbai have recently shown how Group B Streptococci (GBS)—bacteria frequently associated with premature deliveries—could be causing pre-term births.
A research study from ACTREC, Mumbai, adds crucial information to what we already know about gallbladder cancer.
Researchers from IISc identify and shed light on the role of protein complexes that play key roles in transporting synthesizing enzymes that aid melanin production in cells.
Microbes are among the most dominant life forms and a majority of them are still unknown to us. Documenting these microbes is important to preserve their diversity and could also be of great value to biotechnology, environmental studies and conservation efforts. Towards this end, researchers from the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong, Meghalaya have created NEMiD, a web-based microbial diversity database which currently lists over 200 microbes found in soil samples from the Eastern Himalayas.
Gold is valuable – but that's not news, its renaissance is. What gold is able to do for us in the role of the most stable elemental nanoparticle – in the field of biology, assisted by nanotechnology, is remarkable. We're only starting to scratch the surface – with applications in drug delivery and bacterial transformations, amongst others. Arnab Chakraborty summarizes two recent studies in this promising field.