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Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

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April 13, 2021

Why are people getting reinfected after CO||VID-19? Will the vaccine protect you from infection? A review by scientists in JNCASR Bengaluru will soon answer such questions.

Ashwagandha: Wait for winter or grow in lab?

Ashwagandha sown in winter produces more active ingredients, say scientists from CIMAP Lucknow. Why waste time, produce more active ingredients by hairy root culture, say researchers from Tamilnadu.

Nanotechnology: boosting rice germination and growth

Germination capacity and seedling growth of basmati rice tend reduce with age. Shadma Afzal and Nand K Singh from NIT Allahabad show how easy it is to surmount the problem by priming seeds with iron nanoparticles.

Hypertension: Reasons for missed appointments

India now has a system to bring down the death rates of cardiovascular diseases by monitoring the registered hypertensives,. Yet the patients miss their regular appointments. Why? Bidisha Das from the WHO country office investigates.

Priming Rice Seeds for Productivity

Researchers from IIT Kharagpur delved into bacterial endophytes that help improve the health, growth and productivity of rice. They have come up with nine species from four bacterial genera for priming rice seeds to improve productivity.

Groundwater Quality Assessment: Udhampur District

As Udhampur district is becoming more urbanised, the groundwater resources may become unsustainable and contaminated. Researchers from the University of Kashmir draw a baseline for monitoring groundwater quality.

LIGO overcomes seismic noise

LIGO can detect gravitational waves caused by celestial events millions of kilometres away. But quakes caused by events a few kilometres under the earth can mess up the results. Read on to see how scientists overcame the problem.

Circular RNAs as Colorectal Cancer Biomarkers

Rajabrata Bhuyan from the Banasthali Vidyapith and Angshuman Bagchi from the University of Kalyani have identified circular non-coding RNAs involved in colorectal cancers. This type of RNAs may one day become a part of cancer diagnostics and perhaps will even play a role in therapeutics.

Gamma Irradiation to Enhance Jasmine Fragrance

Breeding better varieties using conventional seed selection is not possible in jasmine, propagated vegitatively. So researchers in IIT Kharagpur used gamma irradiation on jasmine cuttings to induce mutations that enhance the fragrance of jasmine. Read on for details.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from plants

Angamba Potshangbam and team from Manipur University queried their database of medicinal plants to search for alternatives to donezepil, used for Alzheimer’s. Using molecular docking and in vitro studies they identified two plants with potential for ameliorating Alzheimer’s disease.

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