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Celebrating biotechnology, a culture at a time

THE DISORDER OF THINGS

Most of the science we presently comprehend is based on the trust that the natural state of inclination is to assume orderliness, even in the face of inevitably increasing entropy. While there exist laws of thermodynamics construing to explain how... Continue Reading →

3D BIOPRINTING: SERVING ORGANS ON A PLATTER

It isn’t news for 3D printing to have been made possible in this decade, but nonetheless it is the most exciting technological development that has rocked the bed of medicine and biotechnology. To establish an understanding, three-dimensional (3D) printing is... Continue Reading →

HOW SCIENTISTS ARE TURNING VIRUSES AGAINST BACTERIA

What if I tell you that the next time you acquire a bacterial disease, you should inject yourselves with a syringe full of viruses? You'd probably tell me I'm crazy. Well, turns out, this might be the future of medicines.... Continue Reading →

THE PHILOSOPHER AS A LIFE SCIENTIST

POPULAR BELIEF A frequently encountered pedestrian definition of a philosopher would be- “someone who worries about life”. Now, that is not only inadequate but also inaccurate. “Life” (Sigh) wouldn’t even qualify for a subcategory of philosophy, if one is to... Continue Reading →

THE SECRET TO WINNING: A GUIDE TO BEING AN UNBEATABLE BACTERIUM

Bacterial infections have taken over and beaten medicine at an alarming rate and there is no reason we should not expect anything different. Let’s question and resolve why this occurs in the first place. Bacterial cells are able to modify... Continue Reading →

STICKING TO THE ROOTS OF OUR EXISTENCE WITH STEM CELLS

CRISPR CRUMBS OF GENETIC ENGIEERING

Malaria is the most ruthless and ferocious disease on earth, probably contributing to the highest number of human casualties in human history. That’s a pretty vague statement that would require a change of font to have you bat an eye.... Continue Reading →

THE OLDEST CELL LINE BEHIND THE NEWEST DEVELOPMENTS: THE STORY OF HeLa

Scientists regularly cultivate human cells as in-vitro cultures to study how they function, understand how diseases affect us and test new possible cures and vaccines without jeopardizing the patient’s life. However, it is an undeniably tedious and complex process and... Continue Reading →

DRIVE THROUGH COLLEGE : A TRAVELER’S GUIDE

It is 2:30 in the afternoon. 3 students, seated at the command of the principal investigator at NIRRH are asked to address their attention to a basic question. ‘What is the burning question you seek to answer?’ The meeting doesn't... Continue Reading →

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