IISc’s blood cancer drug shows early promise

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru have synthesised a small molecule that shows a degree of promise as an anticancer agent. In particular, the inhibitor was effective against leukaemia. The work was done in collaboration with researchers from the University of Mysore. The molecule (benzothiazole derivative), codenamed 5g, was found to be effective... Continue Reading →

IISc team mimics nature to keep orthopaedic implants bacteria-free

Mimicking tiny features seen on insect wings and shark skin that effectively keep their surfaces free of bacteria, a team from Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has found a way to prevent bacterial infection on orthopaedic implants without using any chemicals. The team led by Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee from the Department of Materials Engineering... Continue Reading →

IISc: Annapoorni Rangarajan is on a quest to understand how breast cancer spreads

By Deepika Sarma Annapoorni Rangarajan, Associate Professor at the Centre for Molecular Reproduction and Developmental Genetics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Begaluru was bitten by what she calls the “cancer keeda” over two decades ago as a Master’s student at Nagpur University. “What really interested me was how a normal cell in our body could convert... Continue Reading →

Indian researchers reverse multidrug resistance in E. coli

Indian researchers have unravelled the mechanism by which hydrogen sulphide (H2S) gas produced by bacteria protects them from antibiotics and plays a key role in helping bacteria develop drug resistance. And by blocking/disabling the enzyme that triggers the biosynthesis of hydrogen sulphide in bacteria, the researchers from Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian... Continue Reading →

Novel molecule synthesised by Indian researchers shows promise in treating cancer

A novel small molecule designed and synthesised by Indian researchers has shown promise in targeted killing of cancer cells. The molecule (Disarib) binds to a protein BCL2 and inhibits the protein from suppressing cell death in cancer cells. While BCL2 protein is produced in excess in cancer cells, its expression is almost undetectable in normal... Continue Reading →

IISc’s potent molecules show promise for TB therapy

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru have developed two new, potent molecules that can severely impact the survival of mycobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis that causes TB. The results were published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Unlike most antibiotics that target the bacterial metabolism by aiming at the cellular components, the... Continue Reading →

IISc designs a novel graphene electrical conductor

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Benagluru have been able to experimentally produce a new type of electrical conductor that was theoretically predicted nearly 20 years ago. A team led by Prof. Arindam Ghosh from the Department of Physics, IISc successful produced graphene that is single or a few layers thick to conduct... Continue Reading →

IISc researchers’ novel, eco-friendly way of recycling e-waste

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers have found a novel way of recycling the mounting pile of electronic waste more efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner. According to the United National Environmental Programme, about 50 million tonnes of e-waste is generated annually across the world. The new approach is based on the idea of... Continue Reading →

Bengaluru researchers mimic nature to produce richer colours

In a novel approach that mimics nature, Bengaluru-based researchers have designed crystalline materials that selectively scatter specific colours of light. Dyes and pigments produce colour predominantly through selective absorption of light. But scattering of light by particles which are arranged in an ordered, periodic pattern produces structural colour, which gives butterfly wings their colour and... Continue Reading →

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