Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

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Biofuel from microorganisms

The biofuel sector could get a boost, with researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) here developing a method to improve the growth rate and sugar content of a marine microorganism called Synechococcus...

Edible coating materials to improve shelf life of fruit crops

Fruits are one of the most important horticulture commodities worldwide due to its organoleptic and nutritional properties. In India, the diversity of agro-climatic zones ensures the availability of all varieties of fresh fruits & vegetables. The country...

Way paved for a new treatment for Alzheimer like conditions

The immune system in the body has an important component called the `complement system’. This is involved in immune surveillance. It is important that it is regulated properly. Otherwise, it can damage the cells of the host’s...

Researchers pave the way for a better understanding of Autism

Autism or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental disorder where brain development goes awry, while Intellectual Disability (ID) is another neurodevelopmental disorder in which the patient displays low intelligence quotient (IQ) with decreased ability to learn,...

Indian scientists discovered a new way to fight TB

Tuberculosis kills. When it doesn’t, its effect stays for what is a lifetime. To make things worse, the current approach for treating TB consumes a lot of time. This puts pressure on TB control programs. Here are...

Bringing out human microbiome-prakriti correlation

Human microbiome coroborates the fundamental principles of Ayurveda of creating a healthy gut environment by maintaining a microbiome that is specific to each individual.

TrueNet: Indian diagnostic test for disease such as TB

In a significant development, the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme has included an Indian molecular assay as an initial test for detecting the disease and for identifying resistant strains of the TB bacteria.  The assay named TrueNet has been...

Tracing brain receptor linked to brain disorders

A step towards a drug for schizophrenia like diseases.