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Author: Lakshmi K Sugavanam

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  • Anti-Aging Thymus Therapy ( 5717 reads)   

    Aging is the accumulation of damage to cells, tissues and organs. As the thymus gland deteriorates with age, so does the T - cell count as the majority of lymphocyte production happens early in life. If the hormones produced by the gland can be replaced, it may help fight aging. - Category: Stem Cells
  • Industrial Uses of Enzymes ( 14803 reads)   

    Enzymes are indispensible in our daily life- they basically drive industries. Enzymes accelerate the biological reactions without undergoing any change themselves. They are large-sized molecules with three dimensional structure. - Category: Applications
  • Starch as Vitamin Carrier - A New Technology ( 4098 reads)   

    Researchers of Penn State University have devised a novel method of delivery of bioactive compounds like vitamins and drugs into the body. These important findings have been published in the journal Carbohydrate Polymers by Ursula Lay Ma, Prof. John Floros and Prof. Gregory Ziegler. - Category: Industry News
  • Cloning Extinct Species - Thylacine (Australia's Tasmanian Tiger) ( 6856 reads)   

    Thylacinus cynocephalus is an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 20th century. By studying its genes from preserved samples, scientist hope to be able to revive it in the future and prevent extinction of endangered species. - Category: Applications
  • DNA Damage and Types of Mutation ( 7710 reads)   

    Although DNA is usually copied faithfully through replication process, sometimes one to many bases can be changed or deleted, thus damaging the DNA and the integrity of the information it carries. - Category: DNA
  • Bacillus Thuringiensis as a Biological Insecticide ( 4112 reads)   

    As the need for safer alternatives to chemical pesticides arises, Bacillus thuringiensis offers a safe, stable albeit slower way to get rid of pests. - Category: Applications
  • Alternative Method of Pest Management - Microbial Insecticides ( 5602 reads)   

    The health hazards posed by chemical insecticides is driving scientists to develop safer, more natural alternatives. Microbial insecticides are also called as biological pathogens or biological control agents. They are basically made up of microbes like bacteria, viruses or fungi that produce toxins that are harmful to the pest - Category: Applications
  • Ice-minus Bacteria ( P. Syringae) - Frost-fighting Superman? ( 9091 reads)   

    Recombinant DNA techniques have allowed the creating and introduction of Pseudomonas syringae mutants that help avoid crop losses due to frost damage. - Category: Applications
  • Principles and Techniques Behind Bacterial Transformation ( 15443 reads)   

    The techniques employed in the insertion of plasmids into bacterial cells. Transformation was demonstrated by Frederick Griffith in 1928 when he discovered that a non-virulent strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae converted to a virulent form after exposure to heat-killed virulent strains. - Category: Biotech Research
  • Restriction Digestion of DNA ( 8226 reads)   

    Importance of restriction digestion as a tool in DNA analysis. It is sometimes called as DNA fragmentation. - Category: Biotech Research
  • Application of RAPD in Molecular Biology ( 13902 reads)   

    Why Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) is an important Molecular Biology technique. It is a PCR reaction in which the amplified target DNA is unknown. A large genetic material (DNA) of unknown origin or composition can be effectively profiled using this technique. - Category: Biotech Research
  • Joule Unlimited - Pioneering Alternate Fuel and its Advantages ( 3749 reads)   

    Sustainable cost-effective fuel to be produced by Joule Unlimited in the near future. It is the first time that an efficient method has been devised for production of renewable, alternative fuel on a large scale. - Category: Industry News
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction - Applications of PCR ( 7984 reads)   

    A Molecular Biology tool that is used for amplification of minute quantities of DNA. It is used for amplification of DNA for cloning purposes and for creating hybridization probes. It can be used to identify DNA fingerprints and perform paternity testing. - Category: Biotech Research
  • Metagenomics- The Key to Unculturable Microorganisms ( 4521 reads)   

    How metagenomics may offer access to unknown genes and metabolic pathways. Metagenomics is the genomic analysis of microbial communities directly from environmental samples. - Category: Biotech Research
  • Agarose Gel Electrophoresis ( 12990 reads)   

    Gel electrophoresis technique for DNA and RNA; factors that can affect the process. It was initially used in clinical chemistry laboratories to separate proteins by charge or size. In molecular biology, a mixture of DNA and/or RNA fragments can be separated by length by applying the charge. - Category: Applications
  • Biodegradation of Xenobiotic Compounds ( 15019 reads)   

    Role of hepatic enzymes and oxygenases in the degradation of xenobiotic compounds. Xenobiotic compounds are those that are found in living systems or in the environment that are not natural to them. Substances that are present in abnormally high concentrations can also be considered xenobiotic. - Category: Others
  • Dolly Sheep - The First Cloned Mammal ( 8333 reads)   

    An article about the Cloning of Dolly, the first transgenic sheep. This was a breakthrough achievement by Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell, colleagues at the Roslin Institute, Scotland, in 1997. - Category: Applications
  • Understanding Biotechnology - A Compilation of Various Definitions ( 3958 reads)   

    A compilation of the various definitions for the term 'Biotechnology'. These may be useful in understanding the importance of biotech in our lives - Category: Applications
  • Role of Bioinformatics in Biology ( 5623 reads)   

    How Bioinformatics helps manage Biological data. It uses techniques of Information Technology to understand and manipulate biological data. Tools and methods usually applied in computational technology are adapted to manage, store and analyze biological data. - Category: Others
  • Structure of DNA ( 6536 reads)   

    Conformations of DNA and Types of DNA structures. The structure of the DNA double helix was proposed by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953. They received the Nobel Prize for this discovery in 1962. This discovery of theirs is considered a major breakthrough in the progress of modern biology. - Category: DNA
  • Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils ( 6701 reads)   

    Bioremediation is the process of harnessing the natural occurrence that depends on the microbes to go about their regular life processes. These processes include metabolic pathways that utilize these toxins as a source of energy and convert them into non-toxic substances like ethylene and chloride. - Category: Applications
  • Information About Trinitrophenol (Picric Acid) ( 4394 reads)   

    2,4,6-trinitrophenol, better known as picric acid, has a well-developed chemistry. Picric acid, (also known as TNP) is a yellow crystalline solid. It is mainly used for explosive, in steel etching and textiles industries. Exposure to picric acid leads to irritation of eyes & skin, sensitization dermatitis, yellow-stained hair, skin, lassitude (weakness, exhaustion), myalgia, anuria, polyuria - Category: Others

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