Coronavirus cases cross one million without counting asymptomatic ones

On April 2, novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases crossed one million and deaths passed 50,000. Besides missing out people with mild symptoms and underreporting, the actual number of infected people will be manifold higher as most countries do not test people who are asymptomatic. On April 2, the number of people infected with novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) … Continue reading Coronavirus cases cross one million without counting asymptomatic ones

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Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

Besides Italy, Spain, Germany and France reporting very high number of cases, all other countries in Europe have recorded at least one case so far, thus shifting the epicentre of the pandemic from China to Europe. With 1,08,399 cases reported from outside mainland China as on March 17, there are more number of people infected … Continue reading Epicentre of COVID-19 pandemic shifts to Europe

Explainer: When can people transmit the novel coronavirus?

Doctors at two independent labs in Munich in Germany isolated infectious virus from the pharynx of patients experiencing mild symptoms. These patients with early symptoms of common cold may be able to transmit the novel coronavirus to other persons, they claim. The spread of the novel coronavirus in mainland China continues unabated. On February 5, … Continue reading Explainer: When can people transmit the novel coronavirus?

NEJM study claiming novel coronavirus can be transmitted during incubation period flawed

Contrary to claims made in NEJM, the Chinese woman did not transmit the novel coronavirus to the German during the incubation period. She had symptoms during her stay in Germany but was tested for the virus only on her return to China. A Correspondence published on January 30 in the medical journal The New England Journal of … Continue reading NEJM study claiming novel coronavirus can be transmitted during incubation period flawed

Extended chain of human-to-human spread seen in Germany

Germany has recorded the first case of fourth-generation transmission of the novel coronavirus. Ability to infect others during the incubation period was also seen there. Also, huge viral load even while recovering from the novel virus infection was seen. The case of a German adult who acquired novel coronavirus infection locally in Munich from a … Continue reading Extended chain of human-to-human spread seen in Germany

Getting more women into science

Published in The Hindu on March 7, 2013 The results of a simple but telling experiment published last year revealed beyond doubt the existence of bias and discrimination against women in science. The experiment, carried out by Jo Handelsman, a microbiologist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. revealed that women scientists are no … Continue reading Getting more women into science

Editorial: Sayonara nuclear power

Published in The Hindu on September 22, 2012 The much needed big push towards low-cost, highly-efficient, cutting-edge renewable energy technologies was lacking till recently. Even the compulsion to cut down carbon dioxide emission levels by 2020 failed to overcome the inertia. But the landscape has squarely and dramatically changed following the 9 magnitude earthquake and … Continue reading Editorial: Sayonara nuclear power

German research at India’s doorstep

Published in The Hindu on June 30, 2012 The German Research Foundation (DFG) here will, on October 26 and 27, launch the German Research House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) that will serve as a one-stop shop for the Indian science community to know about research and science organisations in Germany and funding opportunities available … Continue reading German research at India’s doorstep

Concerns about H1N1 vaccine safety snowball in Germany

Published in The Hindu October 24, 2009 Concerns about the safety of H1N1 vaccine in Germany has snowballed and appears to derail the vaccination programme. Only about 12 per cent of people have expressed their willingness to be vaccinated and another 19 per cent have indicated that they would probably have the vaccine. The controversy … Continue reading Concerns about H1N1 vaccine safety snowball in Germany

Editorial: A giant leap in sequencing Neanderthal genome

Published in The Hindu on February 25, 2009 The successful completion of a rough draft of the Neanderthal genome — this is the first time that a genome of an extinct organism has been sequenced — marks a giant leap in evolution science. The announcement coincided with the 200th birth anniversary of Charles Darwin. The … Continue reading Editorial: A giant leap in sequencing Neanderthal genome