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Dec 22

Our blood, the elixir of life, is an incredible mixture of cells and proteins. While the red blood cells, also called erythrocytes, carry oxygen to different parts of our body, the white blood cells help us defend ourselves against invading pathogens. Then there are platelets, which are cell fragments, which aid in clotting of our blood among other things. All these cells are suspended in the blood serum—a storehouse of vital proteins and electrolytes needed by our body.

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New Delhi | Dec 21
ICUs in hospitals a haven for drug-resistant bacteria, finds study

A recent study by researchers at the University of Delhi, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi and the SMiLE Incubator, Sweden have found alarming cases of drug-resistant bacteria in patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs). 

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Pune | Dec 21
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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College and Sassoon Government Hospitals study how household air pollution can affect tuberculosis.

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Bengaluru | Dec 20
Photo: Hemidactylus  vijayraghavani sp. by Zeeshan A. Mirza

A newly discovered species of ground-dwelling gecko from Karnataka has been named Hemidactylus vijayraghavani, after Prof K VijayRaghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. Mr Zeeshan A. Mirza, a researcher from Prof VijayRaghavan’s lab at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, is the person behind this discovery.

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Bengaluru | Dec 19
Photo: Microhyla darreli by S. D. Biju

In a recent study, researchers have reported the discovery of yet another species of frog in the Western Ghats of Kerala. This species, named Microhyla darreli belongs to the genus Microhyla, commonly known as narrow-mouthed frogs because of their triangular-shaped body and pointed snout. The frogs of this genus are widely distributed through Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

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Bengaluru | Dec 19

Researchers from NIAS, Bengaluru, Kyoto University, Japan, University of Colorado, and the Northwestern University, USA, have tried to understand what causes of the strange preference of  ‘geophagy’, or ‘eating the earth’ in primates. 

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Hyderabad | Dec 18
Credit: Katja Schulz via flickr CC BY 2.0

Researchers from two Spanish institutes—the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, and CCMB in Hyderabad, have identified some genes and regulatory elements involved in damage-response of the Drosophila regeneration process.

 

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Bengaluru | Dec 18
Credit: Dr Ishan Agarwal

Researchers discover eight new species of bent-toed geckos in the Northeast states of India.

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Dehradun | Dec 16
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Researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India have reported the first photographic evidence for the majestic tiger in the Eastern Himalayas at altitudes as high as 3,630 m.

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Dec 15

Astronomer Carl Sagan once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Little did we know that this “something”, for the field of tissue engineering, would be a little spinach leaf!

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