Probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi to be launched tomorrow

A low-cost, probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi will be launched tomorrow (July 15). The assay does not require a probe as it uses a fluorescent dye. The results will be known immediately. A probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will be launched tomorrow. The … Continue reading Probe-free RT-PCR COVID-19 detection assay developed by IIT Delhi to be launched tomorrow

Tenure track system at IITs is a recipe for failure

Flogging a small subset of young faculty to improve research and teaching metrics using the threat of tenure track while leaving the large majority of senior faculty completely unmonitored will do very little to achieve the prime objective. In a marked departure in the way assistant professors, who are the lowest rung of the academic … Continue reading Tenure track system at IITs is a recipe for failure

IIT Delhi 3D prints human skin

IIT Delhi researchers have 3D bioprinted human skin models with characteristics similar to native skin. The bioprinted skin produced in the lab by the team is already being used by ITC Ltd for experiments. The bioprinted skin model can reduce and probably even replace testing cosmetics on animals. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology … Continue reading IIT Delhi 3D prints human skin

IIT Delhi start-up’s false claims expose the perils of blind trust

More than two weeks after making false claims on March 8 that Sanfe Period Pain Relief Roll-On, an Ayurveda product claimed to help women with menstrual pain, is FDA-approved and tested by AIIMS, the IIT Delhi start-up published a corrigendum. After being exposed by Alt News, the start-up has today apologised for misleading the media, … Continue reading IIT Delhi start-up’s false claims expose the perils of blind trust

IIT Delhi to hire 100 foreign teachers

IIT Delhi has already hired on contract five foreign nationals as faculty and intends to fill the remaining 95 vacancies earmarked for them. There are totally 300 faculty positions laying vacant for the last 10 years. Finding suitable candidates has been a problem, especially in certain disciplines despite recruitment cycle taking place every six months. … Continue reading IIT Delhi to hire 100 foreign teachers

IIT Delhi to admit international PhD students from May 2019

From this May, IIT Delhi will start admitting international students, including students of Indian origin, for PhD programme in 28 academic departments/units. Five hundred PhD fellowships will be provided over the next five years. Selected students will be charged the same fees as Indian PhD students and will be provided the same monthly fellowship as … Continue reading IIT Delhi to admit international PhD students from May 2019

Delhi researchers find diabetic drug improves the efficacy of two TB drugs

Delhi researchers have identified a protein that is vital for the formation of biofilm by TB-causing bacteria and other bacterial species. Two FDA-approved drugs (acarbose and cyclosporine-A) bind to the protein and inhibit biofilm formation. The two drugs increased the effectiveness of isoniazid and ethambutol (first-line TB drugs) 2- and 4-fold respectively. Animal trials have … Continue reading Delhi researchers find diabetic drug improves the efficacy of two TB drugs

Delhi researchers develop an algorithm to detect rare cells

Researchers from IIT Delhi and IIIT Delhi have developed an algorithm that can find rare cells from a very large pool of cells in a matter of seconds. The new algorithm has superior sensitivity and specificity compared with existing methods. They used the gene expression of each cell to find the rare cells. The team … Continue reading Delhi researchers develop an algorithm to detect rare cells

IIT researchers 3D bioprint load-bearing bones

Researchers from IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have used a different approach to mimic the development biology pathway by which adult load-bearing bones are formed. The researchers made the stem cells to first differentiate into cartilage, and the cartilage was then converted into bones. The bones tissue engineered showed more similarity to limb skeleton development … Continue reading IIT researchers 3D bioprint load-bearing bones

IIT Delhi team increases the usability of donated corneas 

IIT Delhi researchers used a novel approach to minimise the chances of corneal rejection when goat cornea was implanted in rabbits. Besides removing cellular and nuclear material from the cornea without destroying its microstructure and extracellular matrix, the team used a chemical to minimise immune response when the cornea is transplanted. The same method can … Continue reading IIT Delhi team increases the usability of donated corneas