Saving Pink gold!

Selva Kumar, a shrimp farm owner, and several hundred others in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh, had no idea that their crop was harboring a viral disease, not until their ponds had turned into graveyards merely 5 days into the crop cycle. It cost them their entire produce and additional thousands of rupees to identify the cause in the first place. Such incidents resurface time and again, calling our attention to the depressed state of an otherwise booming industry.


Biofilms are resilient and organized communities of microbes embedded in a glue-like matrix of extracellular polymers. Bacteria and fungi form biofilms on biotic and abiotic surfaces, such as tooth enamel, skin, mucosa, catheters, prosthetic valves, as well as water pipelines and filtration units. In the human body, biofilms mediate a range of infections including chronic wound infections, pneumonia, endocarditis, and eye, ear and implant-associated infections, posing a significant challenge and burden to the healthcare industry. Food, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries are also impacted by microbial biofilms as they cause contamination, hinder manufacturing processes, and may lead to economic losses.

Infographic: Breastfeeding Advantages and Benefits with Contraindicating factors on Maternal and Infant health outcomes

Breast  milk  is  far  superior  and  unique  for  feeding  infants.  It  is  of  changing  composition  as  it  is  the  secretion  of  the  mammary  glands  rather  than  a  uniform  body  fluid.  There  are  a  lot  of  changes  between  different  stages  of  milk  secretion  like  foremilk,  hindmilk,  colostrum,  transitional  or  mature  milk.  The  changes  are  also  observed  during  the  course  of  lactation  and  even  between  different  timings  in  a  day.  Tremendous  research  studies  have  highlighted  its  nutritional,  developmental,  social,  immunological,  psychological,  economic,  environmental  and  health  related  benefits  due  to  breastfeeding  practice  and  from  breast  milk  itself.  Both  maternal  and  infant  health  outcomes  were  found  to  be  improved  in  both  developing  and  industrialized  countries  in  the  world. 

Making scientific illustrations with Blender

Isha Parlikar (@ishapniti) is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology post-graduate from the University of Bremen, Germany. She has worked as a research intern in ACTREC and as a cell culture analyst in Hi-Media Labs, a leading biosciences company in Mumbai. Her research experience both in academia and in the industry, and her deep passion for art has recently led her to engage in the field of science communication – developing engaging visuals for clear, simple and effective communication of scientific concepts. Samples of her sci-comm art projects can be seen at She also plans to tweet her artwork from @sciartsoup.

Artificial Intelligence in Biology

In the past two decades, there have been unprecedented advancements in many frontiers of technology. But none have made more buzz than Artificial Intelligence (AI). Due to its nature, AI has been applied almost everywhere, be it academia, research or industry. As a result, its impact is visible on various domains and sub-domains. Here, we will discuss the impact of AI, specifically in biology.

Two new species of poorly known earth-boring beetles discovered from Maharashtra, India

Dr. Aparna Sureshchandra Kalawate, while studying the unidentified collections of beetles housed at ZSI, WRC, Pune belonging to the Bolboceratidae family of dung beetles by came across a series of beetles that could not be associated with any of the already known species of the genus Bolboceras. She informed the same to her collaborator Dr. Hillert and they started working on describing the species. The new species are named as Bolboceras bopdevense and  Bolboceras trimbakense. They are named based on the “type locality” (collection locality). The discovery is published in the latest issue of the Zootaxa (23, April 2021), an International peer-reviewed journal on animal taxonomy, said Dr. Hillert.

Covid19 Management: Problems with plasma therapy

Plasma therapy has been removed from ICMR’s treatment guidelines. Through this video, I explain why plasma is not useful in treating #Covid19. This is an effort to convey the latest scientific evidence to you in an easy language. I hope this video helps you understand the issue better. Please share this in your circles.