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Mutations that make malaria drugs ineffective discovered

Gene kelch13 associated with malaria resistance Source: Health and Family Welfare Department, GujaratScientists claim to have identified the genetics responsible for resistance to a frontline malaria drug, artemisinin. A study, published in Nature Genetics, has found 20 mutations in the kelch13 gene of the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium falciparum. These mutations

Greenland’s sub-glacial lakes dried out in weeks, say studies

Researchers are worried these sudden phenomena may accelerate melting of the ice sheet Photo by: Stephen Price, Los Alamos National Lab, courtesy of The Ohio State University In a startling discovery, researchers mapping the Greenland ice sheet have found that two sub-glacial lakes containing billions of gallons of water dried

Scientists identify genes that help TB bug survive

The new findings may lead to the development of more effective drugs and vaccine against tuberculosis Photo: Meeta Ahlawat In a significant breakthrough that may strengthen efforts to contain tuberculosis, scientists at a leading research institute in India have identified three genes in TB bacteria which help the bug survive

‘Possible carcinogen’ bromate found in Mumbai’s packaged water

Study by BARC scientists stresses the need to define safe limits for by-products like bromate in bottled and drinking water in India A new study by scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai has revealed the presence of bromate in packaged drinking water in the city. Bromate is produced

Scientists discover ‘safe’ GMOs

Traditional maize conserved by the Soliga tribes (Photo: G Krishna Prasad)American scientists claim to have developed “safer” genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that cannot spread in the wild. These GMOs have been created using synthetic biology. “What we’ve done is engineered organisms so that they require synthetic amino acids for survival

NGT order clears way for Nirma cement plant at cost of wetland

Tribunal has set aside revocation of environmental clearance to Nirma Limited’s proposed cement plant Nirma cement plant in Mahuva block of Bhavnagar district of Gujarat (Photo: Sunita Narain) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has set aside the environment ministry’s order revoking the environmental clearance to Nirma Limited’s cement plant, proposed to

Swachh Bharat Mission misses out on sludge management

Official representing India at third international faecal sludge management conference fails to provide satisfactory answer According to Swachh Bharat Mission says as many as 111.1 million households in India require toilets to be built in coming five years (file photo) India has got world attention for its Swachh Bharat Mission,

The science of saving tigers

India is unique in having a significant number of tigers in the wild, in spite of growing population and resource extraction pressures on their habitat. The latest estimate of tigers in various landscapes published by the Ministry of Environment and Forests claims an appreciable rise in numbers of the big

Reduce food security benefits from 67% to 40% population, says panel on restructuring FCI

Shanta Kumar committee report recommends privatisation, outsourcing and cash benefit transfer to cut food procurement and distribution costs Photo by Sayantan Bera The high level committee set up to look into the restructuring of Food Corporation of India has recommended reducing the number of beneficiaries under the Food Security Act—from the