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.
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.
Although the immune response to COVID-19 remains to be understood entirely, science has come a long way in breaking down the basics of immunology in COVID-19. While the immune system may be one of the most complicated systems to understand, we will try to explore how our immune system reacts to the coronavirus infection with the help of an example.
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