MAY 2016

Will the Zika infection rate during Olympics be lower?

Will mcr-1 gene cause a new superbug?

Get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products

More light on how Zika virus infects the placenta

Finally, mosquito species transmitting Zika virus confirmed

Bread makers in India to stop using potassium bromate and potassium iodate additives

Gender bias: fewer girls get cardiac care in Punjab

Editorial: ISRO’s new frontiers with reusable launch vehicle

Editorial: IRNSS – Self-reliance is the key


APRIL 2016

One minute of hard exercise thrice a week has great health benefits

Polio: Off-label use of IPV vaccine to tide over shortage

Heat wave conditions in India to persist till April 27

Global ‘switch’ to reduce vaccine-derived polio cases

Indian researchers show cancer drugs can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Warming brings better weather to the U.S.

Loosening the vice-like grip of chewing tobacco

IIT Delhi develops a novel, cheap device for sepsis diagnosis

Getting pregnant in the time of Zika

A ‘turning point’ in the Zika outbreak

CDC confirms Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects

‘Extremely severe’ brain damage found in babies with Zika-linked defect

Temple disaster: Why potassium chlorate is banned for use in fireworks

Missing girls of Indian-born parents in Canada

How Zika virus causes microcephaly studied

Editorial: On detecting and delaying diabetes

Activity equivalent calorie labelling to fight obesity

Treating sugar addiction to reverse obesity prevalence

Sharp increase in diabetes patients, obese & underweight adults in India

Yoga as a ‘cancer cure’ is a claim without basis


MARCH 2016

Where does the fat go when you lose weight?

A simple blood test can help reduce global TB burden

IISc: A novel method to kill cancerous cells

Now, solar energy can power air conditioner, refrigerator

Let larger pictorial warnings stay

Parliamentary committee recommends smaller pictorial warnings

Editorial: Transparency by AERB at any cost

Plastic degrading bacteria isolated

Racket maker Head backs Maria Sharapova

Editorial: Maria Sharapova and a poser for sport

Doping: ‘Excessive and inappropriate’ use of meldonium drug  during Baku 2015 European Games

Drug resistance: The antibiotic red line of control

Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a French Polynesia study shows

Tobacco excise duty increase lowest in the last five years

First diagnostic test kit for Zika virus already created

Zika Virus – “it really felt like having bad sunburn, all over your body” — by BMJ talk medicine



Landmark experiment improves coral calcification by 7% in Great Barrier Reef

Zika virus: The benefits of open research

A step closer to a safer, more efficacious TB vaccine

IISc: Garlic and artemisinin derivative kill malaria parasites

Pilot testing of bedaquiline drug on TB patients to start soon

Editorial: LIGO-India – A landmark for Indian scientists

The curious case of larvicides causing microcephaly

Listening to the chirps of gravitational waves

Editorial: Elusive gravitational waves detected

Editorial: Time for pharma course correction

Zika: When research goes off the rails

Novel approaches to fight Aedes aegypti mosquito

Editorial: Gearing up for the Zika threat



Sugar tax may be the bitter pill to cut obesity

Zika: ‘I think WHO should declare an emergency’

Sounding the smoke alarm on sale of tobacco to minors

India sets an example in subsidised TB diagnosis

No, zebra stripes not for camouflage

IISc: endosulfan induces infertility in male mice

Inter-group violence may be as old as 10,000 years

Focus on quality at Jeevan Stem Cell Bank

Pakistan’s polio plan needs global support

An Ebola cloud with a silver lining

IIT Madras: designer alloys by chemical reactions



‘India should show leadership in TB research’

Lab-grown vocal cord tissue

‘India’s fight against TB lacks punch’

‘Child-friendly paediatric TB drugs will be a game changer’

Child-friendly TB drugs launched



Alas, topical steroids sold as over-the-counter drugs

IPV vaccine boost to India’s polio fight

Chennai city’s new strategy to eliminate TB

Philae: one year on comet 67P

Western Sahara once had a large river network

Will funding issues derail the Indian dengue vaccine trial?



Surprising discovery of oxygen in 67P comet’s atmosphere

Show cause notices sent to 10 Indian doctors for receiving payment from drug companies

Fake journal publishing flourishes in India

Indian scientist in the news for wrong reasons

ASTROSAT spots Crab Nebula, the brightest X-ray source

Less risk of skin cancer if exposed to UV radiation in the morning: Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar

Ediorial: Revolutionary therapies

Two objects fused to form Rosetta’s 67P comet



Editorial: Space observatory takes wing

ASTROSAT, India’s unique space observatory

Alcohol users in India face higher health risk, mortality

Outdoor air pollution killed 0.65 million Indians in 2010: study

Novel approach to prevent motion sickness

Over 3 million premature deaths in India in 2013, says study

New insights into how geckos climb walls



Medicinal properties of tulsi unravelled

Women live four years longer than men in India

Gene responsible for obesity in Indians identified

An App for cardiovascular management shows promise

Pluto may be geologically active

A Promising target to treat cognitive disorders identified

A ‘young Jupiter’ exoplanet discovered

Spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites looms large

Why the 7.8 magnitude Nepal quake was less devastating

Editorial: Victory over Ebola

Indian cholera vaccine found to be safe, efficacious


JULY 2015

Smell guides mosquitoes to see a human host

Editorial: Historic fly-by of New Horizons

GM mosquitoes check dengue in Brazil

The science of screams deciphered

Insight into how the brain forms memories


JUNE 2015

Breakthrough in treating leucoderma

MDR-TB spreads less within households

New antimalarial agent shows promise

IIT Madras: graphene nanoribbons produced by a novel method

Scientist proposes marriage through a journal paper

Heat wave threshold ignores public health impact

Now, soft tissue found in ancient dinosaur samples

Disability burden highest in diabetics


MAY 2015

Evidence of earliest murder comes to light

IIT Hyderabad: Scanning kidneys becomes easy

TB: India study confirms Xpert diagnostic test’s superiority

Editorial: This tobacco warning should stay

Repurposed antibiotic shows promise

India flooded with unsafe drug combinations

What ails science in India?

Why the May 12 Nepal quake is called an aftershock

TB treatment programme in India may be generating more MDR cases


APRIL 2015

Chikungunya vaccine shows promise

Himalayas: next major quake may be west of the recent one

25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

How knuckle cracking produces popping sound

Emissions from biomass burning cross the Himalayas

A pictorial warning must shock


MARCH 2015

TIFR: star sound discovered?

Fixed nitrogen: Mars was once habitable

Editorial: India flounders as H1N1 spreads

IISc: Chennai highest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases

Mutations make H1N1 virulent, spread easily

India turns spotlight on adolescent health

Mothers’ low weight linked to shorter height of Indian children



IISc researchers produce a superior water filter

Smokers die 10 years sooner

Editorial: Under-5 mortality – the cost of negligence

Serum Institute’s H1N1 vaccine will be ready next month

Working towards personalised TB treatment

Why rural children in India die of diarrhoea and pneumonia

8 million tonnes of plastic waste entered oceans in 2010

Editorial: The menace of plastic waste

‘Obesity is a chronic, treatment-resistant disease’

Editorial: Lethal injection is cruel and unusual

A smartphone dongle to diagnose HIV, syphilis



Editorial: Climate change deniers

Editorial: Another Ebola battle won

IISc: Repurposing existing drugs to fight TB

Meningitis: Indian vaccine will protect infants too

Editorial: Sterilisation deaths – no room for choice

Indian Science Congress: An annual ritual losing its meaning

Editorial: Science Congress – mythology and science

Editorial: A step in the right direction

Key science developments to look forward to in 2015



ISRO: Radhakrishnan in journal Nature’s top ten list

Editorial: A significant achievement

Increase in life expectancy more in women in India

The pollutants causing discolouration of Taj Mahal identified

Editorial: Plastic bags – the cost of convenience

Mountains of plastic waste afloat in the oceans

Editorial: H5N1 – no room for complacency

IISc: novel way to reduce cell damage found



Editorial: Discouraging cigarette sales

IIT: Novel way to produce safer drinking water

Editorial: Strengthening care of the newborn

Using a diabetes drug to treat TB shows promise

Editorial: L’Aquila – Bizarre verdict reversed

Editorial: Sterlisation targets endanger lives

Editorial: The continuing polio challenge

Ebola: Australia not to send health workers to Africa



Ebola: Australia’s unjustified ban

Editorial: Going by medical evidence

Editorial: Loosening tobacco’s deadly grip

Sanitation: Behavioural change critical

‘India has the potential to end all preventable child deaths’

Editorial: Brightness at night

Coverage of antenatal care in India has to be increased: WHO

Preterm births and pneumonia kill most children under five years in India



‘There is fantastic immunisation coverage in India’

IISc: novel membrane filters water, kills bacteria

Editorials: Outreach plans for scientists

Fastest decline in child mortality rates witnessed

Editorial: Ebola – Lessons to be learnt

IISc: Sapota’s anticancer properties studied

Can BRCA gene be patented?

Communicating through telepathy achieved

Diabetes triples the risk of developing active TB

Cardiovascular risk factors low but mortality high in India

Editorial: Commendable initiative on open defecation



New approach needed to curb open defecation?

Editorial: Rosetta makes space history

Editorial: Keeping Ebola in check

IIT Madras: Turning a simple optical microscope into a powerful tool

Editorial: Irrational prejudice against people with HIV


JULY 2014

Editorial: A blot on Indian science

Editorial: Sin tax and tobacco use

A novel cholera vaccine developed in India provides more protection

Scientists, doctors write an open letter condemning violence in Gaza

India scores by battling HIV/AIDS but falls short fighting TB and malaria

Excise hike on gutka may apply only to Meghalaya, Lakshadweep

IMTECH: CSIR scientist used faked data in seven papers

Keeping girls in school cuts child, maternal mortality

Bangladesh: women’s education cuts maternal, child mortality


JUNE 2014

Finally, neonatal mortality prevention gains attention

Ten countries that were on a fast-track to achieve the MDG 4 & 5 goals

New avenues to novel drugs open up

IISc: Targeting a chink in TB bacteria’s armour

STAP cells: Haruko Obokata agrees to retract controversial papers

Will tax hike reduce tobacco consumption in India?

Editorial: Tobacco causes a huge health burden

Editorial: Maternal mortality – No reason to cheer

5.5 million ‘invisible’ baby deaths a year

A new test promises better diagnosis of TB in children

Non-fasting test sufficient for gestational diabetes screening


APRIL 2014

PaMZ drug combination is a game changer for TB and MDR-TB treatment

Editorial: Reining in cancer

Childhood TB: symptom-based contact screening safe, reliable

Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

Training doctors to diagnose paediatric TB to start soon

Editorial: Neutralising diarrhoea, a mass killer

What ails Indian science?


MARCH 2014

One million TB cases in children annually

IIT Madras: Honey, I shrunk the mass spectrometer

Indigenous vaccine against diarrhoea virus ‘safe’

Editorial: The wages of scientific fraud

The “landmark” stem cell paper may be retracted

Editorial: Regulating stem cell therapy

MenAfriVac: first use of vaccine outside of the cold chain in Africa



Black skin, a response to skin cancer risk

Editorial: No end to inhumanity

Duplication of images in stem cell papers spotted

Restrictive global governance system affects public health

Editorial: The ways of tobacco companies

Smoking causes type II diabetes

A novel bird flu virus kills woman



Now, reversing adult cells to stem cells becomes easy

Editorial: XDR-TB – An ominous situation

Can cold exposure be an effective strategy to fight obesity?

‘Long-term outcomes in South African patients with XDR-TB poor’

Editorial: Smoking – A patchy record

Choroideremia: gene therapy shows promise

Why oral polio vaccination must for India-bound Pakistanis

Editorial: Mission to cut neonatal deaths

IPAQT: subsidised Xpert TB test in private labs gets popular

Mangroves in Florida expanding poleward



‘In 2003, RNTCP had eight lines in the guidelines that related to TB in children’

Clinical trials on child-friendly bedaquiline MDR-TB drug for children initiated

‘Nuances of childhood TB are never taught in medical schools’

Child-friendly, first-line TB combination drugs will be available in 2016: Dr. Mel Spigelman

Editorial: New bird flu strains

TB and the child

Second-line TB drugs: ‘It is more difficult to assess adverse effects in children’

‘Children metabolise TB drugs much faster than adults’

Malnourished children in India below three years are underdosed for first-line TB drugs



‘Sentinel Project provides guidance on preventive treatment for children with MDR-TB infection’

Sentinel Project gives a fillip to managing MDR-TB in children

‘In 80-90 %, TB bacilli in children same as in MDR-TB index case’

‘Very few children in India are diagnosed and treated for MDR-TB’

‘Age has a significant effect on the immune system in childhood TB’

TB: ‘There is a clearly higher risk of mortality in children of 0-4 years’

Editorial: Missing TB cases

Why the true burden of paediatric TB remains unknown

Metformin: no cardiovascular benefit for non-diabetics



Paediatric TB: should Xpert molecular test replace smear microscopy?

Contact screening: the risk of wrong TB diagnosis

TB: how many young children are wrongly diagnosed as disease-free?

Editorial: Don’t ignore TB in children

Editorial: The right to safe abortions

Programme to prevent TB in children neglected



Editorial: Curiosity can’t kill life on Mars

Editorial: More than baby steps required

Comet impact leads to building blocks of life

Editorial: HPV trial – Collusion of the worst kind

A step closer to regenerative medicine



Editorial: Kepler telescope – Down but not out

Now, blood tests can reveal suicide risk

Editorial: Lab meat – Food for thought

IIT Madras: How the heart of AUV was developed

Editorial: H7N9 – No immediate threat

Editorial: A year of curiosity

Population admixture happened in India for 2,300 years

Editorial: Half measure on tobacco control

A -200° C refrigerator developed


JULY 2013

Indian’s UAV to survey Arctic ice algae

Editorial: Let the science decide on plioglitazone

Drugs board wants ban on Pioglitazone diabetes drug revoked

Pioglitazone: no bladder cancer for 3 years

Diabetes drug: ‘Maybe I erred in my judgement’

“Functional” blood vessels made from stem cells

Editorial: Organs, made to order

Editorial: Fear unfounded

Genetic basis of cholera resistance found


JUNE 2013

The secret behind speed throwing

Editorial: BRCA genes – Patent justice

Reducing water usage in steel industry

‘We are fighting a war against polio without a General’

Bring in injectable polio vaccine

Editorial: A river ran through Mars

Rounded pebbles on Mars point to water flow


MAY 2013

Radiation risk to astronauts travelling to Mars measured

New way to develop influenza A vaccine

White Bengal tiger enigma solved

Editorial: When commerce rules the roost

BRCA gene case: will the court take the middle ground?

‘Not all BRAC1, BRAC2 mutations result in breast cancer’

North Pole drifts east due to climate change

Editorial: Too early to die

Is the new TB drug already being misused?

IIT Madras: Affordable water purification using silver nanoparticles

Editorial: Silent spread of H7N9

Camera with compound eye-like lenses


APRIL 2013

IGCAR: Hydrogen sensor for greater safety

Editorial: Crowdsourcing science

H7N9 silently spreads in humans and birds

Pottery used for cooking fish over 12,000 years ago

Editorial: The next contagion

Editorial: Houston, we have a litter problem

Towards cheaper, mass-scale housing


MARCH 2013

Editorial: Mars mission accomplished

WHO-approved TB test, now at a subsidised price

Increasing access to eye care

A trial drug raises hope to eradicate malaria

Editorial: Too early to cheer on HIV

A drug to treat leukaemia shows promise in mice

Study spikes notion atherosclerosis is lifestyle disease

Was the U.S. baby infected with HIV at all?

Getting more women into science

Seven more loci associated with age-related macular degeneration

Editorial: Celestial fireball



White House expands Open Access

Preventing heart failure post attack in pigs

Editorial: A model for the rest of India

Editorial: Setback in TB war

PeerJ journal: Path-breaking move

Web observatory for cybergazing

Editorial: Watery Mars



Chance favours the prepared mind

At last, hideout of dormant TB bacteria found

Editorial: Aaron Swartz – Right the wrong

Role of starch food digestion in dog domestication

After cancer, India starts stroke registry

Editorial: Searching for Earth’s twin

‘There is a need for statisticians to work closely with scientists’



Editorial: Great hope for science

Trials soon to test treatment for blindness due to chemical burns

Pilot project to test TB drug as prophylactic to HIV-infected

Prevalence of hypertension high in rural Tamil Nadu

Editorial: Setting an example

India: Appalling condition of primary healthcare services

Hybrid desalination plant at Kalpakkam



Why Kolar gold mine never became a repository

Editorial: Welcome move on clinical trials

Malaria vaccine trial on African infants disappointing

Dengue nation: The rise of a viral challenge

Brazil: reducing tobacco use is a ‘winnable battle’

Editorial: Open, Sesame



Editorial: L’Aquila – Scientists crucified

‘Our policy is to reprocess all the fuel put into a nuclear reactor’

Open Access: ‘A few countries are outstanding, including India’

Editorial: Child marriage – Lost childhood

India’s tuberculosis challenge

Efficient way to turn waste into resource

Editorial: Turning the clock back

Editorial: No room for haste



Guidelines for tuberculosis notification sent out

On the Net, a scam of a most scholarly kind

Editorial: After sayonara, second thoughts

Editorial: Sayonara nuclear power

TB control: challenges in engagement

TB control programme to engage private sector

Interim results of TB vaccine trial expected soon

Starting ART early prevents tuberculosis

Dengue still retains its deadly bite

Incentives-linked plan to detect TB cases

Evolution “prevails” in South Korea

80 % of human genome has an active role or function

‘Vitamin D hastens recovery in TB patients’

A shallow quake but high magnitude



Editorial: A sure recipe for disaster

Expert committee report plagiarised

IIT Madras develops a sensitive TNT sensor

Growing rice in soil poor in phosphorus possible

Editorial: Plain packaging – Packaging punch

206 million Indians use smokeless tobacco: study

Genetic differences seen in the same tree

Editorial: Pride and prejudice

Editorial: Stretching the limits

A new oxidant in the atmosphere identified

Even lower stress levels can increase risk of cardiovascular deaths, says study


JULY 2012

Editorial: Banning paan masala

A transitional form between lizards & modern-day snakes found

Editorial: Ignorance is not bliss

Editorial: Price of collusion

Glaciers in the Himalayas are shrinking rapidly, says study

A science enigma in Israel

A thin line separates science and religion: Dan Shechtman

Scientists should not be crucified for mistakes: Nobel Laureate

‘Science and technology can find sustainable solutions for many challenges’


JUNE 2012

German research at India’s doorstep

Wood and bark were part of human ancestor’s diet

Editorial: TB blood test – A necessary ban

Earliest evidence of dairying practices in Sahara found

Editorial: A retrograde decision

‘India is drowning in its own excreta’

Probiotics can reduce occurrence of diarrhoea


MAY 2012

Is curd a probiotic?

HIV testing: ‘An over-the-counter option offers privacy’

Editorial: Clean hands, stay healthy

Will high HDL level lower the risk of heart attack?

Editorial: Educating students for free

‘Cancer killed 5.56 lakh people in India in 2010′

Consuming plutonium for producing energy is the superior option: Anil Kakodkar

The safest way for plutonium disposal

Bird flu viruses have potential to cause a ‘human pandemic’

Editorial: A blow for open access


APRIL 2012

Editorial: TB or not TB

India accounted for 47 per cent of global measles deaths in 2010

Repairing damaged hearts by healing affected cells

Shantha Bio to supply cholera vaccine to Haiti

Magnetic sensors in pigeon beak unlikely

April 11 quake: Distance from epicentre protects Indian cities

Why the April 11 quake was caused by a strike-slip fault

Sumatra quake: Why there was no tsunami

Inherited intellectual disability can be reversed

Pigeon navigation: magnetic sensors in beak a fallacy, says study

Artemisinin-resistant malaria has emerged in western Thailand

Editorial: Call of the Deep

Fetoscopy technique saves at-risk twin foetuses

Humans may have used fire one million years ago

Editorial: Licensed to kill


MARCH 2012

New light on early bipedalism

‘Cancer killed 5.56 lakh in India in 2010’

Cause of male baldness found

IGCAR develops sensors to inspect defects in materials

White rice intake increases risk of Type II diabetes

Health consequences in adults with low birth weight studied

More instances of plagiarism come to light

Novel study in TN to know gestational diabetes effects

With alien seeds, Antarctica ‘no longer most pristine environment’

Editrorial: The ways of science

Editorial: Fatal attraction of plagiarism

Novel technique using stem cells revives damaged eye



Editorial: Fukushima – Let truth prevail

Still sprouting after 32,000 years

Editorial: Don’t ignore the adults

Human activity reverses species diversity

Editorial: Clinical trials in the dock

Cardiac stem cells can restore heart muscles, says study

Role of Y chromosome in inherited coronary artery disease

Editorial: Talk less, text more

Editorial: Making science enjoyable

Harmful effects of excess sugar intake

‘Lab-created H5N1 viruses removed natural barriers’



A long journey — History of horse domestication traced

Censorship won’t stop bird flu contagion

Editorial: Hwang Woo-Suk – Cheating science

Yeast evolves to multicellular variety in 60 days in the lab

Two more planets orbiting binary stars discovered

Editorial: A step closer to HIV prevention



Editorial: Thinking after acting

Editorial: New evidence of water on Mars

Editorial: An eye opener

Scientists a step closer to finding Higgs boson

An Indian veteran recalls his Antarctic experiences

Editorial: Gene therapy offers fresh hope

100 years — Amundsen’s dash to immortality

Can chimps see sounds?

Editorial: Bring in plain packaging

Is Curiosity only an advanced science lab?



Editorial: Europe’s blow for health safety

Speed of Neutrinos: Replication of OPERA results is the key

When 60 nanoseconds threaten modern physics

Replication of OPERA results is the key

Editorial: A hero — but no magic this

Editorial: A chance to do real science

Autistics’ strengths can be useful in research



Editorial: No risk of brain tumour

Editorial: Conquering malaria

Editorial: India versus TB

Induced pluripotent stem cells cure liver cirrhosis

Linking genetic changes to human diseases become easy

Editorial: Weird Mercury

Steve Jobs: He gave us four big bytes of the tech apple

Editorial: How pathogens are killed

Editorial: Littered space

Editorial: Necessary but not good enough



Editorial: AIDS vaccine – a ray of hope

Heat-resistant fungal spores found in Western Ghats

Editorial: Signs of earliest life

Phase-I prime-boost AIDS vaccine trial shows modest immune response

Moon to have no-fly zones by month end

Editorial: Brief workouts count

Editorial: The hidden river

Underground ‘river’ is fed all along its course: Hamza

Antibiotic resistance is ancient in origin



A novel route to battle dengue carrying mosquitoes

Editorial: Archaeopteryx dethroned

Open science — a transparent and novel way to do research

Editorial: Dangerous nonsense of salt and BP


JULY 2011

Editorial: Say no to TB blood tests

Editorial: Indo-African gene admixture

Archaeopteryx is not an early bird, study says

Editorial: Marvellous rodent

Team work leads to equitable sharing of rewards

Editorial: Open access is here to stay

1000 Genome-Wide Association Studies lack global coverage

Editorial: A powerful concept


JUNE 2011

Coconut: origin and east-west spread from Asia

Editorial: Lessons from Japan quake

Japan: why the killer quake was never expected

Editorial: Parrots or crows?

Editorial: Believe it or not

Editorial: Radiation and thyroid cancer

Young children should avoid using cell phones

Editorial: Is there a brain cancer risk?


MAY 2011

Editorial: A shockingly unethical trial

Did humans and Neanderthals coexist in Europe?

Editorial: Threat from chronic diseases

Editorial: What ails public health research?


APRIL 2011

Editorial: The superbug effect

Editorial: Unlocking Mercury’s secrets

Superbug NDM-1: 2010 results confirmed by others

Editorial: Fifty years since Gagarin’s flight

NDM-1 superbugs found in seepage, tap water


MARCH 2011

Editorial: Highly skilled early knappers

Acheulian stone tools discovered near Chennai

Earthquake: unpredictability is its middle name

Naoto Kan: “What the hell is going on?”

Fukushima Daiichi: how the nuclear plant crisis happened

Editorial: Use and misuse of the placebo effect

Editorial: In search of a second earth

Editorial: BMI and risk of death

Dying with dignity through ‘assisted suicide’

Dedicated lab for HIV vaccine design



Editorial: The killer aftershock

For more accurate BP readings

Editorial: Out of Africa



Grunting affects opponent’s response time

Editorial: MMR vaccine & science fraud

Editorial: Hyping up science

Nanotechnology: ‘None said ‘there are risks, so let’s stop it’

The challenge for chemistry

Editorial: Shoring up public healthcare



Editorial: Revolutionary test for TB

‘Science is cool and fun,’ say child authors



England takes the first step to legalise assisted dying

Effects of sea level rise on Tamil Nadu coast

Editorial: Treasure trove

Editorial: Origins of plant life



Malarial deaths in India grossly underestimated by WHO

Editorial: Landmark achievement

Editorial: The threat of lifestyle diseases



AIDS vaccine trial: prime-boost elicits modest immune response

Editorial: Dead water zones

Editorial: Better news on the HIV front

The great continental divide on scientific issues

Genetic therapy cures thalassaemia

Editorial: Ideology ruins science

Drug-resistant bacteria protect the vulnerable microbes



Editorial: Shrinking Moon

Uncertainty over mega science projects in Europe

Editorial: Superbug NDM-1 threat

All authors ‘approved final version’ of superbug report: Lancet

First use of stone tools pushed back by 8 lakh years

Editorial: Promising microbicide

Editorial: A timely effort

Sponge species sheds light on animal evolution

Editorial: Long-acting insulin


JULY 2010

Cholesterol: low HDL level not a risk?

Editorial: Welcome Studsat

Editorial: Early humans in a colder climate

Evidence of early humans who lived in colder climate found

Editorial: Water on Mars

Earliest multicellular, O2 breathing organisms found


JUNE 2010

Editorial: L’Aquila, a bizarre indictment

Editorial: The power of cash incentives

Editorial: WHO and conflicts of interest

Editorial: A ray of hope


MAY 2010

Editorial: Neanderthal genes in us

Chemical signature of Archaeopteryx revealed

The chance discovery of the ozone hole


APRIL 2010

Editorial: Doing science in a new way

How the young brigade mapped the TB genome

Editorial: Landmark judgement

Editorial: A new human species

What invalidating breast cancer gene patents implies


MARCH 2010

Editorial: China’s rise in science

New species in human’s family tree found

Editorial: What genome sequencing reveals

Journal Nature confirms China’s high-quality research output

Species survival, protected area link found

Editorial: Dinosaur-eating snake

Chile: where three tectonic plate boundaries meet

Extinct Indian snake preyed on dinosaur hatchlings



Editorial: Hair reveals our past

Now, ancient human genome studied

Editorial: Bird puzzle solved



Editorial: Earthquakes and science

Editorial: Pandemic lessons to be learnt

Editorial: Oldest four-legged animals



Editorial: A worthwhile programme

Editorial: Pandemic vaccine is safe

Climate change science complex, effects clear

Editorial: Limiting salt intake

Effects of aircraft emissions studied



Editorial: HIV entry ban repealed

‘I absolutely believe that scientists should be paid more than they are currently’

Editorial: Make pictures speak

Editorial: Setback to science

Editorial: Hyping science

Measles: two-dose regimen a must

Hwang Woo Suk – down but not out



Editorial: Conflict of interest in research

The future for Hwang Woo Suk does not look gloomy

Concerns about H1N1 vaccine safety snowball in Germany

Editorial: Prediction gets tougher

ALVAC-AIDSVAX AIDS vaccine unlikely to be a public health control measure

Sumatra earthquake triggered quakes 8,000 km away

My exposure to Physics certainly helped me: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Editorial: Glimmer of hope

Embryonic-like stem cells generated from cord blood

Avian infection could have killed T. rex

Depression: 15 % prevalence seen in Chennai



NASA changes its Moon crash target

Unambiguous evidence of water on Moon found

Sinking Indian deltas put millions at risk

Study throws light on genetic diversity of Indian population

Editorial: Towards effective H1N1 vaccine

H1N1 trial results in children show promise

Tortured brains tell not the truth

Hormone replacement therapy increases risk of death from lung cancer

Gene therapy cures red-green colour blindness in adult monkeys

Antarctic ice cap formed due to reduced CO2

India’s TB treatment strategy stands vindicated

Promising results from two H1N1 vaccine trials

Single dose of H1N1 vaccine produces robust immune response

Rapid diagnostic tests for H1N1 not reliable

A step closer to restoring vision using embryonic-like stem cells

H1N1 vaccine trial in pregnant women set to begin soon in the U.S.

“CIA health professionals played greater role in torture than previously known”

Editorial: Misplaced vaccine safety fears

Are facemasks effective in preventing H1N1 transmission?

India rejects patent claims on two HIV/AIDS drugs

Nanosensor breathalyser for diagnosing lung cancer

In India BP levels higher in girls than boys

Of monkeys and their music

Editorial: Ghosting medical science



A moderated website for sharing H1N1 information

H1N1 transmission in the tropics is by contact

World’s smallest semiconductor laser

How the colour blind see coloured medication

Natural odours may keep mosquitoes at bay

Plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean

New species of marine life discovered

Universal screening for gestational diabetes becomes easier

Retina cells grown from skin-derived stem cells

High blood pressure linked to memory loss

Smoking raises the risk of developing TB disease: study

Molecule that senses influenza A (flu) identified

‘Nature’ rated as the top research journal

Flooding may no longer damage rice plants

Public cord blood banking scores a century

Link between polished rice intake and diabetes found

One step closer to treating neurodegenerative diseases

A video on groundwater depletion in India

Editorial: Bar-coding plants

New nanolaser produced

More dangerous chemicals found in smokeless tobacco

Nanoflares responsible for superhot corona of the Sun

How long you sleep is in your gene

The journal Science plans online videos of select papers

Targeted killing of cancer stem cells

Swine flu: AIDS patients not at greater risk of infection

Editorial: Clearing the final hurdle

Amputation: Smokers learnt the hard way

Bone marrow stem cell treatment saves legs

Editorial: Milestone in stem cell research


JULY 2009

Growing limbal stem cells without using human scaffold

Editorial: Accessing publicly funded research

Editorial: More transparent clinical trials

Editorial: H1N1  – No room for complacency

Reboxetine: Pfizer conceals trial data

Detecting breast cancer using thermal imaging


JUNE 2009

Editorial: Climate change and agriculture

Different diseases pose different challenges

Thalassemia cured using cord blood stem cells

Bringing more transparency to clinical trials

Cardiac CT: reducing radiation dosage possible


MAY 2009

Has the war directed at science ended?

Swine flu and thermal imaging

Treating TB, AIDS co-infection

Editorial: Misleading on Vioxx drug safety

Editorial: Ending the war on science

Editorial: AIDS vaccine prospects brighten


APRIL 2009

Phase I prime-boost AIDS vaccine trial on

Editorial: Polypill: promise and problems

Editorial: Battling cervical cancer

Editorial: A boost to open access


MARCH 2009

Editorial: Cash transfers in new light

Harvesting stem cells from umbilical cord

Celecoxib: a big research fraud stands exposed

Editorial: Polar changes

Editorial: Removing the shackles

Embryonic stem cell research winter ends

PFBR: novel steel reduces power generation cost

Editorial: Dwindling catches

Bruce Alberts: ‘GM crops are not an issue in the U.S.’



Editorial: A giant leap in sequencing Neanderthal genome

Unlocking the secrets of human evolution

Editorial: Research funding imperatives

Charles Darwin: Filling the missing links

Rocking Charles Darwin’s tree of life

Only a fraction of all species identified

Genome of sorghum plant sequenced



Editorial:  Encouraging voluntary testing

14 % drop in coral growth seen in the Great Barrier Reef

Public cord-blood banking becomes a reality in Chennai



Editorial: The oral polio vaccine is safe

Editorial: Radiation-induced mutation

HIV: is early start of ART prudent?



Chandrayaan-1: imaging the moon in 64 colours

A decade of embryonic stem cell research

Editorial: New hope for stem cell research

How Chandrayaan-1 will help compile a 3D atlas



Catherine Verfaillie: Another stem cell fraudster

How Chandrayaan-1 is raised to higher orbits

Chandrayaan-1: Why ISRO changed the orbit-transfer strategy

Vioxx: drug promotion in guise of research

Bystander radiation effects studied in vivo in mice

Orchid: first fundamental research collaboration



Editorial: Ensuring transparency at GEAC

HPV vaccination: key factors studied

‘Waiver offers opportunity for nuclear exports’



Pilot study: good response to female prophylactic in TN

Editorial: AIDS vaccine – A glimmer of hope

Phase I prime-boost vaccine trial to be conducted in Chennai, Pune

India: AIDS vaccine trial results encouraging

Editorial: Study confirms the merits of nutrition

Phase I prime-boost HIV vaccine trial planned

Prevalence of dementia in India underestimated

Sheep death: no test for Bt toxin done


JULY 2008

AIDS: importance of nutrition confirmed

Editorial: Cut emissions to save fishes

Thirty years since Louise Brown, a way of life

Editorial: Regulating stem cell research

PFBR: main vessel to be installed soon

China earthquake: topography can reveal tectonic activity

Rice: more silica in soil reduces arsenic uptake

Editorial: GM crops – Precaution is the key

Evaluating a new MDR-TB test

GM field trials: leaving no room for assessment


JUNE 2008

GEAC: The truth behind sheep death revealed

Many skeletons tumble out of GEAC’s cupboard

GM crops’ biosafety testing procedure questioned

Editorial: Proceed with caution

Helping drug addicts kick the needle

Relooking at single-dose nevirapine strategy, to cut drug resistance

Evaluating drug resistance in HIV positive people


MAY 2008

Editorial: A welcome initiative

Testing for tuberculosis, HIV co-infection

FBTR: plant to vitrify nuclear waste

ICGAR: producing efficient heat sinks using nanofluids

Fast breeder: generating power at 40 paise/unit less

PFBR: work on to increase the burn-up by 50 per cent

Co-location of fuel reprocessing, refabrication

Putting the FBTR to the litmus test

Metallic fuel for fast breeders after 2020

FBTR: ‘We don’t see any problems with reprocessing’


APRIL 2008

Register trials, insist Indian editors

Vioxx safety data manipulated

Editorial: Public funding and open access

Editorial: Need for early intervention

Open access gets a fillip

Editorial: Transparency at last


MARCH 2008

How to detect true gestational diabetes

Editorial: MDR-TB – No time to lose

Screening newborns for two metabolic disorders takes off

Glaucoma: misconceptions galore



Incidence of diabetes studied

Managing diseases using stem cells

Imaging cancer with PET-CT

Editorial: Lessons from AIDS vaccine trial

Saving legs through stem cell transplantation



AIDS vaccine: Chennai trial results encouraging

Editorial: H5N1 – Containment is the key

Public stem cell bank: dump not, donate cord blood



Editorial: Beyond the primate barrier

Was the start of Phase II AAV AIDS vaccine trials in Africa in 2005 justified?