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  • Edna phage

    Exploiting one infection to control another: phages versus mycobacteria

    Edna George

    A team of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru has explored a new approach to treat mycobacterial infections, which are becoming increasingly drug-resistant. They found that a cocktail of mycobacteriophages – viruses that infect mycobacteria but not humans– were effective against slow- and fast-growing mycobacteria, in cultures. This has clinical significance in treating tuberculosis (caused by M.tuberculosis, a slow-growing mycobacterium), which is of concern, especially in developing countries. In this article, Edna George reports on this recent study by Rachit Agarwal’s team.


  • Divya Stem title

    Scientists inch closer to interpreting the stem cell code

    Divya Vishwanath

    Stem cells of an embryo are pluripotent – they can grow into almost any cell type in the body. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are artificially reprogrammed body cells that can be made to function like embryonic stem cells, offering therapeutic advantages. However, understanding the genetic machinations of pluripotent stem cells is vital to successfully culture iPSC and is an active research area. In an exciting breakthrough, scientists have identified the group of genes responsible for maintaining distinct states of human pluripotency.


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  • IGNITE

    IN CONVERSATION with IGNITE #5

    Pavithra Ashok Kumar & Swami Subramaniam

    Ignite Life Science Foundation, Cactus Communications, and IndiaBioscience have come together to co-host this live online event. In a relaxed and conversational format, the interlocutor for each session will uncover the background story of the work and life of an eminent scientist.

    The guest of the fifth event in the series is Prabhavathi Fernandes. She is the Chairperson of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB), US and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP).


  • IGNITE

    IN CONVERSATION with IGNITE #4

    Pavithra Ashok Kumar & Ramaswamy Subramanian

    Ignite Life Science Foundation, Cactus Communications, and IndiaBioscience have come together to co-host this live online event. In a relaxed and conversational format, the interlocutor for each session will uncover the background story of the work and life of an eminent scientist.

    The guest of the fourth event in the series is Uma Ramakrishnan who is a Professor of Ecology and Evolution at NCBS, TIFR.


  • Education

    Explore ‘bioethics’ in the Indian context

    Vijeta Raghuram

    This webinar explored the concept of bioethics, which is value-laden, by using perspectives from social and cultural anthropology, practical ethics, science practice, and policy decisions. The speaker drew examples from the public health realm in India to discuss and observe that 'bioethics' should not be limited to mere protocol compliance but should guide science practice. Further, she discussed the need to identify, analyse and resolve ethical challenges in everyday science practice that are directly impacting society at large.

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