Department of Biotechnology: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

New Biomolecules to fight Kala Azar Drug Resistance

A team of researchers from Department of Biotechnology, National Centre for Cell Science have found ways to combat drug resistance of Kala Azar disease. Miltefosine is the only drug available against Leishmaniasis or Kala Azar and is losing its effectiveness lately. What is the issue? The transporter proteins play a major role in carrying miltefosine ..

DBT sanctions genetic research project to 20 institutions

A genetic research project named ‘GenomeIndia: Cataloguing the Genetic Variation in Indians’ has been recently sanctioned by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to 20 institutions for a period of 3 years. Under GenomeIndia project, the ‘Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)’, which analyses 10,000 individuals representing the country’s diverse population is to be carried out. The resultant information can enable ..

International Summit on Women in STEM organized in New Delhi

On 23rd and 24th January 2020, the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science & Technology organized an International Summit on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) – `Visualizing the Future: New Skylines’ at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi with an objective to boost the participation of women for the development of ..

National Biopharma Mission

The National Biopharma Mission was established in the year 2017 with an aim to accelerate the biopharmaceutical development in India. The program also named Innovate in India (i3) was host to an investment of USD 250 million with half of the amount coming as a loan from World Bank. The National Biopharma Mission aims to ..

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 ..