The Society of Stem Cells

by Arun Mahadevan The human body, in all its marvelous complexity, develops from a single cell – a fertilized egg. Ponder over that for a minute. The trillions of cells in your body – those in your brain that give rise to your identity, those in your heart that pump blood to the rest of... Continue Reading →

The IgNobel ceremony 2017

Shruti and Abhishek attended the 2017 ceremony of the IgNobels held at Sanders theater on September 14th. Here is a storified version of our live-tweets that went out that evening! https://storify.com/polybiotique/ignobels If you would like to know more about the IgNobels and watch the webcast, you can go to their website here - http://www.improbable.com/ig/2017/  

Lifting the veil off a strange parasite

While Toxoplasma causes long-lasting infections that resist treatment, research on this neglected parasite promises to unveil new ways to treat malaria. But there is more to this microbe than meets the eye. Listen to our podcast to find out. References: 1. General introduction 2. TORCH member 3. CDC assigned category NPI 4. Early research and establishment as parasite: Ferguson, David JP.... Continue Reading →

Neurobabble – A Debate

The Wire recently published an article by Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh on 'The Cognitive Neuroscience of Lynching'. Not only was it badly written, it had warped neuroscience concepts and highly false claims. I countered the original article with a rebuttal. Dr. Shaikh wrote her replies here. Following this, Dr. Shaikh has refused to engage in any... Continue Reading →

Preserving the similarity of life

If you’ve been to Amsterdam or Venice, or seen photographs of these beautiful cities, you would have marvelled at the many canals and the bridges connecting them. Have you ever wondered what prevents the water in these canals from mixing with one another? Of course, it’s because of the embankments that separate them. Had these... Continue Reading →

Lighting up the brain

Many separate fields such microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience have intersected to give rise to a new field called Optogenetics. Quite simply, optogenetics involves using genes to help single cells make light sensitive proteins. Widely used in neuroscience, optogenetics has revolutionized the way single and groups of neurons are studied and manipulated in... Continue Reading →

Women in Science

It is difficult enough for any Indian citizen to remember the name of a male Indian scientist. But how many of them know the name of a female Indian scientist?  As a woman and as a scientist, I have strong feelings about this. There is a clear argument to be made that India, like many... Continue Reading →

The curious case of aging

  A legend says that drinking from the “Fountain of Youth” can restore youth.  Tempting, indeed. Unfortunately youth doesn’t last forever as aging is a natural process that all living beings undergo. What comes to your mind when you hear the word aging? - Wrinkles, becoming weak and more prone to age related ailments. Ever... Continue Reading →

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