Soon all 52 labs to confirm COVID-19 cases, but what about sequencing?

Finally, by March 13, to avoid delay, all 52 labs will be able to confirm novel coronavirus cases without sending samples to NIV Pune for confirmation. Similarly, it's time India empowers national labs to undertake whole genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses/bacteria. The global recognition of the Pune-based National Institute of Virology’s “demonstrated expertise” … Continue reading Soon all 52 labs to confirm COVID-19 cases, but what about sequencing?

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Waking up to MCPG toxin’s role in causing litchi mystery disease

There is evidence that as late as March 2014, Delhi’s National Centre for Disease Control, India (NCDC) and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (CDC) researchers were in the dark about the possible role of methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG) toxin present in litchi in causing illness in children aged 15 years or younger in Muzaffarpur, Bihar … Continue reading Waking up to MCPG toxin’s role in causing litchi mystery disease

Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

In response to an article I wrote on February 3 about Dr. Jacob John raising ethics issues about the way the authors of the Lancet Global Health paper had failed to properly acknowledge his team’s work on Muzaffarpur mystery disease, the journal has got in touch with Dr. Mukul Das, one of the authors of the Current Science … Continue reading Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

Litchi: Controversy erupts over Muzaffarpur mystery disease study

The scientist who investigated the mystery disease that proved fatal for many 15-year old children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar at the instance of the State government has raised ethics issues about the way the research has been published by the journal Lancet Global Health on January 30. “Not giving due credit for work done by others … Continue reading Litchi: Controversy erupts over Muzaffarpur mystery disease study