The MANAV Project aims to create an open and interactive atlas of human biology by compiling, curating and synthesizing data at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organismic level from scientific literature and public databases. The project was launched in New Delhi on 10 May 2019.
The Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, recently released a website which compiles peer-reviewed information on over 10000 species of plants. The website, which is free to access, was launched on 2 March 2019.
DNA bank at the Centre for Wildlife, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, would use genetic technologies to supplement ongoing efforts in wildlife conservation.
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.
ReachPathways developed by the team of Babylakshmi M., Harsha Gowda and Joji Kurian at the Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore won the second prize in the competition Code for Science India conducted by Elsevier. The application allows one to uncover all the pathways a protein/gene might function in. ReachPathways is can be downloaded from Science Direct (http://www.applications.sciverse.com/action/gallery) for free.