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‘BioAsia 2020’ commenced in Hyderabad

The 17th edition of Asia’s largest biotechnology and life sciences forum, ‘BioAsia 2020’ recently commenced in the city of Hyderabad, Telangana. The three-day event began with the theme of ‘Today for Tomorrow’. More than 2000 delegates from as many as 37 countries.  A massive exhibition with 175 exhibitors and experts is also set to be ..

China National Biotec Group develops convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 infection

The biotechnology research company of China- ‘China National Biotec Group’ has developed convalescent plasma to treat the patients who are infected with the COVID-19 (novel corona virus). The company has collected plasma from some of the recovered patients in the Wuhan city of China and developed therapeutic products that include convalescent plasma and immune globulin. ..

CSIR, India and CNRS, France signed MoU

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France at New Delhi on Tuesday, 17th December 2019 that will establish a framework for cooperation between the two Research Organisations for promotion and support in the field of scientific and technological ..

Switzerland partner country for BioAsia 2020

The 17th edition of BioAsia will be held in the capital city of Telangana, Hyderabad from 17th to 19th February. Switzerland will be partner country as informed by the Principal Secretary of Industries and Commerce and Information Technology of Government of Telangana, Jayesh Ranjan. The theme for 17th edition of BioAsia: Today for Tomorrow Switzerland ..

Kolkata becomes first city to install RT-PCR machines in India

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has installed first of its kind high-end reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines in India for quick detection of diseases such as  dengue, tuberculosis and swine flu. The machines will serve as a “third umpire” in situations when medical reports and blood tests reveal contradictory results. Its objective is ..

The researchers of United States find that Electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells

The researchers in the United States (US) have found that Electronic Cigarettes (ECs) produce a stress response in brain stem cells. They identified the mechanism underlying EC-induced stem cell toxicity as “Stress-Induced Mitochondrial Hyper-fusion (SIMH) using cultured mouse neural stem cells. The study showed that exposure of stem cells to e-liquids, aerosols, or nicotine produces ..

Union Government launches Manav human atlas initiative for holistic understanding of human body

The new human atlas initiative – named Manav – has been launched by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Persistent Systems for holistic understanding of human body. The aim of the initiative is to create a unified database of molecular network of all the tissues in the human body and to derive a holistic picture ..

Researchers created world’s first gene-edited Lizard

Researchers from the University of Georgia have successfully targeted the pigmentation genes of Anolis sagrei lizards to create four nearly transparent albino offspring. The lizards have been genetically modified using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool. Researchers were able to microinject CRISPR proteins into multiple immature eggs or oocytes located in the ovaries of 21 Anolis ..