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.

Delhi team fabricates a sensor to detect drug-resistant leukaemia

A highly sensitive carbon nanotube-based sensor capable of detecting multidrug-resistant myeloid leukemia cells even when present at very low concentration of 10 cells per ml has been fabricated by Delhi-based researchers. Using chemical vapour deposition technique, the team led by Prof. S.S. Islam from the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Jamia Millia Islamia … Continue reading Delhi team fabricates a sensor to detect drug-resistant leukaemia

Podcast – Sniffing out lung cancer

IIT Bombay researchers explain how the platform that they developed will help sniff out volatile organic compounds in a gas phase at single molecular levels. Since certain organic compounds in exhaled breath are clinically established biomarkers for early stage lung cancer, the platform can potentially be used for detecting early stage lung cancer. Validation on patients … Continue reading Podcast – Sniffing out lung cancer

IIT Bombay’s platform sniffs out lung cancer, explosives

IIT Bombay researchers have developed a platform that will help sniff out volatile organic compounds in a gas phase at single molecular levels. Detecting certain organic compounds in exhaled breath will help diagnose early stage lung cancer. Validation on patients is yet to be done. The same platform can also be used to monitor air-pollution levels … Continue reading IIT Bombay’s platform sniffs out lung cancer, explosives

IISc researchers observe superconductivity at ambient temperature, pressure

IISc researchers have for the first time been able to achieve superconductivity at ambient temperature and pressure. The resistance observed is very low (10-4 ohms) but not zero. Though they didn’t observe perfect Meissner effect (where the magnetic fields are completely expelled by the superconducting state), they did observe samples becoming strongly diamagnetic, which is consistent with … Continue reading IISc researchers observe superconductivity at ambient temperature, pressure

Easy way to tell if the foil used in Thanjavur painting is gold or fake

By turning to Raman spectroscopy, a non-destructive tool, a researcher at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi has found an easy way to check if the gold foil used in Thanjavur paintings is genuine or not. Currently, there is no regulatory mechanism in place to check the quality of gold used in Thanjavur paintings despite the … Continue reading Easy way to tell if the foil used in Thanjavur painting is gold or fake

UoH team makes harpin biopesticide more potent by increasing its bioavailability

University of Hyderabad researchers encapsulated harpin biopesticide in chitosan nanoparticles and achieved 80-90% reduction in severity of fungal infection in tomato plants. The chitosan nanoparticles containing harpin pass through the cell wall and end up in the chloroplast of tomato plants thereby improving bioavailability. Tomato plants and R. solani fungal infection were only used as a model system. … Continue reading UoH team makes harpin biopesticide more potent by increasing its bioavailability

Tamil Nadu networks all CT, MRI machines in public hospitals for better healthcare delivery

Tamil Nadu will become the first State in the country to virtually connect all 58 CT and 18 MRI machines located in different government hospitals in the State. The fully networked teleradiology system will be officially launched in a few weeks. Connecting all CT and MRI machines to a central server will address shortage or absence … Continue reading Tamil Nadu networks all CT, MRI machines in public hospitals for better healthcare delivery

Football World Cup: VAR technology is transforming the beautiful game

Olatunbosun Olaniyan, University of Huddersfield You may have noticed something different in the 2018 World Cup. For the first time ever, the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) system is being used to help make decisions during games. And already we are seeing it cause controversy. It’s no surprise that VAR has caused debate, considering the furor … Continue reading Football World Cup: VAR technology is transforming the beautiful game

IIT Hyderabad’s novel composite keeps tomatoes fresh for 30 days

IIT Hyderabad researchers have developed a novel composite using bacterial cellulose impregnated with silver nanoparticles. The food packaging material has antimicrobial activity and allows appropriate exchange of gases and moisture. Tomatoes wrapped using the composite remained fresh without any microbial spoilage even at the end of 30 days. Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) … Continue reading IIT Hyderabad’s novel composite keeps tomatoes fresh for 30 days