Pavan Kumar

Every year it is estimated that there are nearly 4, 40, 000 new cases of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) of which at least 1, 50, 000 prove to be fatal[1]. Over the years there is yet another infamous antibiotic resistant bacterium that has been giving sleepless nights to doctors all over the world - MRSA (Multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus). To add to all the antibiotic resistance in the world is development of the new strains right here in India itself. Metallo Beta lactamase Klebsiella, Pneumoniae strain that was first reported in a patient who contracted the infection in New Delhi in 2009. Since then this resistance gene (bla NDM1) has been reported in E.coli and has been detected around the world.

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Vijay Chandru | 14 December 2011

The Neem Genome and a Public-Private-Partnership

Friday September 30th 2011 morning when scientists all over India scanned the newspaper while they had their “cuppa”, some caught a small headline with a picture insert that resembled the one below.

“Ganit Labs in Bangalore sequences the Neem Genome”.

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Leishmaniasis Research Society (India)

Leishmaniasis Research Society (India), a society formed to fight and eradicate Kala Azar in India by collaborating effectively between academic institutions and industry, Neeloo Singh the founder and secretary of the society tells you more……….

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Athulaprabha Murthi

The month of March saw a landmark decision by an Indian Court, wherein it granted compulsory license to an Indian pharmaceutical – NATCO to manufacture generic version of the drug Nexavar thereby breaking Bayor’s monoplogy on this life saving drug for Hepatocarcinoma. Frontline, an Indian magazine came up with an issue dedicated to Indian Patent law covering medicinal drugs and how that affects the pharmaceutical companies. This May 4th issue is available online for anyone interested- http://www.frontlineonnet.com/fl2908/fl290800.htm.

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Prakash Vincent


Marie Curie Fellowship – a scientific opportunity not to be missed

I work as the Co-ordinator, International Centre for Nanobiotechnology (ICN), Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamilnadu, India (http://www.msuniv.ac.in/). Over the years various European fellowships that have enabled me to acquire the training required to start and head life science research programmes in India. 

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Anil Kumar Challa | 30 DEC 2011

Low budget digital microscopy for schools and informal learning environments.

When I began interacting with children (elementary to high school) in Hyderabad, I realized that it was not very easy to get them excited about biology.  This was especially visible when one saw the excitement that chemistry experiments created.  I could even bring some excitement into astronomy using the open-source 'Stellarium' software.

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Satyajit Mayor | 27 DEC 2011
 
Teaching and Research initiative in India  
Science education and research in India is experiencing a huge fillip. In addition to cutting edge and exciting research in existing institutes  a number of new and exciting educational initiatives have been set into motion in the past four years. This is not only transforming the opportunities for talented young students of science, but also providing an incentive for researchers to return to India at this time.
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L.S.Shashidhara | 16 JUN 2011 | filed under : Education

Science Education and Research in 21st Century India

As the Indian society is reinventing itself, it is going through a massive change. To ensure sustainable growth, we need to move from service economy to knowledge economy. In this context, we are ushering a new education system in science and technology to bring Indian intelligentsia into knowledge production.

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Swetha Suresh

Will they return?

"Will They Return? The Willingness of Potential Faculty to Return to India and the Key Factors Affecting Their Decisions" authored by researchers from Rutgers University and Tata Institute for Social Science sheds light on the different factors which concern potential faculty/scientists wanting to return to India.

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MC Arunan | 29 MAR 2011 | filed under : Education

University-Institute Interactions: How will it Improve Undergraduate Biology Training in India?

How can one harness the collective intellectual resources and facilities in India to provide high quality education in the life sciences for college students?

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