Gene editing guidelines facing delay

What is the News? The Government of India is delaying in approving the Guidelines for Safety Assessment of Genome/Gene-Edited Plants. What is Gene Editing? Genome editing, also called gene-editing, is a group of technologies that give scientists the ability to change an organism’s DNA. These technologies allow genetic material to be added, removed, or altered… Continue reading Gene editing guidelines facing delay

Plugging the leak: On the GM rice controversy

What is the news? Since June, the export of about 500 tonnes of rice from India has triggered an uproar in several European countries on the grounds that it was genetically modified (GM) rice. This emerged during a check by the European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed that was testing rice flour… Continue reading Plugging the leak: On the GM rice controversy

U.S. surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient

What is the News? For the first time, a pig kidney has been transplanted into a human without triggering immediate rejection by the recipient’s immune system. This is a potentially huge milestone in the quest to use animal organs for human transplants. How was the transplantation done? The Pig was genetically engineered so that its… Continue reading U.S. surgeons successfully test pig kidney transplant in human patient

Improving livestock breeding

Synopsis: The facts and schemes relating to different livestock sector and the expected benefit out of it. Introduction Livestock breeding in India has been largely unorganised because of which there have been gaps in forward and backward integration across the value chain. Government has revised “Rashtriya Gokul Mission” and “National Livestock Mission” (NLM) to adress… Continue reading Improving livestock breeding

PM dedicates to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits

What is the News? The Prime Minister has launched 35 different crop varieties with special traits. What are these Crop Varieties Launched? These Crop Varieties have been developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to address the twin challenges of climate change and malnutrition. Some of the crop varieties launched include a drought-tolerant… Continue reading PM dedicates to the Nation 35 crop varieties with special traits

COVID-19: WHO recommends Regeneron antibody therapy for high-risk & seronegative patients

What is the news?  Recently, World Health Organization (WHO) approved the Regeneron antibody combination for treatment of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  What is Regeneron?  Regeneron is a combination of two drugs — casirivimab and imdevimab.  It has reduced mortality in seronegative patients with severe infections. The drug cocktail replicates the natural antibody response of human beings. Last year it was approved by the… Continue reading COVID-19: WHO recommends Regeneron antibody therapy for high-risk & seronegative patients

Now, insulin can be kept without refrigeration

What is the News? A team of scientists from Kolkata have developed a “thermostable” variety of insulin named “Insulock” which eliminates the need to keep it refrigerated.  What is Insulin? Insulin is a hormone that helps control the body’s blood sugar level and metabolism — the process that turns the food you eat into energy.… Continue reading Now, insulin can be kept without refrigeration

A disease surveillance system, for the future

Synopsis Diseases and outbreaks are realities and a well-functioning system can help reduce their impact. Introduction The article highlights the importance of epidemiology in preventing and controlling infectious diseases. What is epidemiology and disease surveillance? Epidemiology is the study and analysis of the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations.… Continue reading A disease surveillance system, for the future

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Synopsis: There’s a strong case for trying out novel methods to restore lost species and damaged ecosystems. A look at the related issues. Introduction The United States startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal proposes to use CRISPR… Continue reading Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

COVID-19, kidney injury and need for vaccine shot

Synopsis: Covid-19 pandemic has long-term effects on internal organs. This article deals with issues with its impact on Kidney. Introduction: COVID-19 damages many organs including the lungs, heart and kidneys. A severe form of the disease is seen in older adults and people with chronic heart, kidney and lung diseases, diabetes or other conditions that… Continue reading COVID-19, kidney injury and need for vaccine shot