Biology: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

World’s oldest Fossil Forest found in US

Researchers have found an extremely rare fossil site that shows evidence of wood and leaves from the Devonian Period, the site located in Cairo, New York stretches up to Pennsylvania in the United States of America. According to the National Geographic team, the site discovered is about 416 to 359 million years old, about 2 ..

Tony Joseph wins Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize

New Delhi based Journalist and English author, Tony Joseph won the 12th edition of Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Tony Joseph won the award for his book ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From’ which tells about the story of origins of the first humans who occupied the Indian subcontinent ..

2019 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability”. The discoveries made by these scientists have fundamental importance for physiology and have paved the way for promising new ..

Union Science and Technology (S&T) and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched ‘UMMID’ initiative

The Union Science and Technology (S&T) and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has recently launched ‘UMMID (Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders)’ initiative to tackle inherited genetic diseases of newborn babies. The aim of the new initiative is to create awareness about genetic disorders amongst clinicians and establish molecular diagnostics in hospitals ..

New Combination Strategy may kill Cancer Cells Better

The Indian scientists have explored the possibility of reaching out to cancer cells and triggering their natural programmed death. How does this approach work? The approach uses the combined effect of targeting and inducing a ‘stress’ inside the Endoplasmic Reticulum of tumour cells and administering a small amount of a drug. The laboratory tests on ..