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Celebrating biotechnology, a culture at a time

ROBERT LANGER: THE DREAMS OF THE LANGDON OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

A quick glance through the departments present in the School of Engineering at major institutes across the world will introduce you to a relatively new branch, called ‘biological engineering’ – now, as much of an unfortunate oxymoron as this name... Continue Reading →

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THE PLAN(T)S FOR THE FUTURE

Ever since the birth of biotechnology, biological mechanisms have been taken out of context to produce some beautifully delicate applications. I once met with a PhD candidate who said that he chose to do what he does because he loves... Continue Reading →

THE FILM THAT GROWS ON YOU: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE SECRET BEHIND BIOFILM SUCCESS

Staphylococci are Gram positive bacteria resembling a grape cluster like appearance under the microscope (Figure 1). They divide three dimensionally and are non-motile, non-spore forming, facultative anaerobes, grow by aerobic respiration or by fermentation yielding lactic acid. They are catalase... Continue Reading →

PLAYING GOD: THE CONCEPT AND SCOPE OF CRISPR

The boom of modern-day genetic engineering is known to all, but understood by not very many. One of the most recent discoveries elevating our capacities to programme genomes came with the realisation of CRISPR sequences (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic... Continue Reading →

CARBON NANO TUBES ACCOMPLISHING MACRO BREAKTHROUGHS IN NEUROSCIENCES

The field of materials science witnessed the accomplishment worth several milestones with the advent of CNT or Carbon Nano Tubes in the year 1991, and ever since then they have found several applications across the different fields of engineering and... Continue Reading →

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: AN EPIGENETIC MONOLOGUE

To anyone who has ever bothered participating in life with a scientific temper, it is no news how illusions can veil the truth, and presumption can overtake reality. The most notable assumption that was most recently quaked and dismissed concerns... Continue Reading →

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 →

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