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.
Antibiotics can save lives but overuse poses a serious threat to the human body. Continuing our commitment to the public education on social and health issues, Biopatrika team created infographic to educate public on how to avoid this antibiotic abuse.
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.
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 https://ishaparlikar.wixsite.com/sciart. She also plans to tweet her artwork from @sciartsoup.
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.
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The CSIR team created a series of videos, primarily to be shared via WhatsApp, to keep the COVID-19 appropriate behavior up, to keep people apprised of the much evolving scene of the pandemic – often guided by the work done in CSIR labs.
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.
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.