Explained: The discovery that led to organocatalysis gold rush

Catalysis is a term used to describe a process in the presence of a substance (the catalyst) controls and influences the rate and/or the outcome of the reaction. The substance — the catalyst — which helps in achieving this remains intact is not consumed during the reaction and neither becomes a part of the final … Continue reading Explained: The discovery that led to organocatalysis gold rush

Nobel Prize for simple but brilliant discovery of asymmetric organocatalysis

An efficient, “precise, cheap, fast and environmentally friendly” way to develop new molecules using a simple yet novel concept of catalysis — asymmetric organocatalysis — has won this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry. An efficient, “precise, cheap, fast and environmentally friendly” way to develop new molecules using a simple yet novel concept of catalysis — … Continue reading Nobel Prize for simple but brilliant discovery of asymmetric organocatalysis

Nobel Prize for sensing heat

This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian from the University of California, San Francisco and Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, respectively for their seminal work in identifying the gene and understanding the mechanism through which our body perceives temperature and pressure. This year’s … Continue reading Nobel Prize for sensing heat

CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology: In a first, an all-women team wins the Nobel Prize

That scientists who pioneered the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, the biggest game-changer in biology in recent years, will win the Nobel Prize was never in doubt; it was only a question of when and who would get recognised for the work done to develop the tool.

Medicine Nobel Prize: Decoding how cells sense oxygen

In the case of health people who have normal red blood cell count, the use of external erythropoietin is highly likely to make the blood viscose leading to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and cerebral or pulmonary embolism. This year, the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists — William … Continue reading Medicine Nobel Prize: Decoding how cells sense oxygen

Nobel Prizes – The lure of the exotic and esoteric

If “wonderful discoveries happening in biology” had acted as a trigger for Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan to switch from physics to chemistry, the nearly matured and well-established field of chemistry failed to enthuse Yoshinori Ohsumi, and he shifted to biology. Autophagy — a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components — was known long … Continue reading Nobel Prizes – The lure of the exotic and esoteric

Nobel Laureates to attend Nobel Prize Series in Gujarat in January 2017

The Nobel Prize Series has launched a long-term India programme to stimulate students’ creative thinking and engagement in science. A memorandum of understanding was signed on September 5 by Nobel Media and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for hosting the Nobel Prize Series in India for five years. The first will be held in January … Continue reading Nobel Laureates to attend Nobel Prize Series in Gujarat in January 2017

Editorial: How pathogens are killed

Published in The Hindu on October 7, 2011 Inside our body can be found the bloodiest of battlefields, where millions of organisms are massacred daily, without cease. It is a battle waged by our body’s robust immune system against a wide variety of bacteria, virus, fungi, and parasites. What makes the defence mechanism powerful is … Continue reading Editorial: How pathogens are killed

Editorial: Of mice and men

Published in The Hindu on October 19, 2007 The Nobel Prize for medicine awarded this year to three scientists is for their contribution to identifying and isolating embryonic stem cells from mice and for discovering the principles to produce genetically modified mice. While Martin J. Evans was instrumental in identifying embryonic stem cells, Mario R. … Continue reading Editorial: Of mice and men

Editorial: Rewards of basic research

Published in The Hindu on October 7, 2006 The Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded this year to Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello is in recognition of their path-breaking work in discovering a fundamental mechanism for controlling the flow of genetic information. While the flow of genetic information from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) … Continue reading Editorial: Rewards of basic research