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Malaria-Parasite Hijacks Mosquito Gut Microbiota and Immunity

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May 9, 2021

Mosquitoes suffer because of Plasmodium, the malarial parasite. The parasite undermines the normal gut microbiota and weakens its immune system, makes it ill. Probiotics for mosquitoes may reduce malarial transmission, say researchers

Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wound Healing Dynamics: Cell density and migration

In wound healing, the epithelial cells migrate to close the wound. Researchers from TIFR Hyderabad find that the leader cells in this mass migration emerge depending on density, and the leadership positions shift dynamically, depending on the contours of the wound.

Photonic Crystal to Diagnose Malaria

Diagnosing malaria is difficult because there are different Plasmodium species producing wide variations in symptoms. And blood smear test often gives false negatives. Researchers from three colleges in Bikaner have now come up with a new faster and more accurate, diagnostic tool.

Epidemiology of TB: Mathematics of transmission

Tuberculosis occurrence rates seem to pulsate in time, according to a stochastic model of TB transmission. Researchers from JNU, New Delhi inquire to seek solutions. Read on.

Elemental Carbon: Air quality indicator?

Aerosols of two and half and ten micrometres are considered as measures of air pollution.  The proportion of elemental carbon in the aerosols that gets deposited in lungs may also need to be included, argue scientists.

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