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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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  • 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.



    Suchibrata Borah

    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 this event is Vishva Dixit, Vice President of Early Discovery Research, Physiological Chemistry at Genentech.

  • FundaySunday

    FundaySunday feat. Mohit K Jolly

    Suchibrata Borah

    FundaySunday is an initiative to publicize some fun science communications and take interesting/funny/self-descriptive science near our audiences. It could be science illustration/poem/song/dance/picture or anything that makes subjects in life sciences interesting.

    The guest of this event is Mohit Kumar Jolly, Assistant Professor at BSSE, IISc Bangalore.

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