Scientists find genetic switch that decides fate of embryonic stem cells

Researchers at the Bangalore-based Institute of Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (InStem) have shown how a genetic switch controls development of organs and body plan of animals.

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New drug combos using pain killers may be effective against cancer

Combining commonly used pain killers with ruthenium (a metal belonging to the platinum group) may prove effective in cancer treatment, a study by Indian scientists has indicated.

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Pfizer’s patent for children’s pneumonia vaccine challenged in India

The ‘PCV 13’ vaccine from Pfizer is intended for India’s universal immunisation program for children. The patent has been challenged by Doctors Without Borders.

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Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health – it’s up to us

The main criteria for success should deal with how to use driverless car technology (autonomous vehicles) to make people’s lives better & make cities healthier

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‘Virtual psychiatrist’ is effective in diagnosing mental disorders: study

Diagnostic tool of the telepsychiatry application has potential to empower non-psychiatrist doctors and paramedics to diagnose psychiatric disorders accurately and reliably in remote sites

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Plastic waste can be used for decontamination of water

Dr. Premanjali Rai and Dr. Kunwar P. Singh used plastic waste to develop a low-cost material which can be used to remove an antibiotic “cephalexin” from water

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Indian startups developing rapid tests to help check antibiotic resistance

The Discovery Award seed funding will help 4 Indian research startups to develop antibiotic resistance test prototypes & products & also bid for the Longitude Prize

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Medical Marijuana Research Firm BOHECO Funded By Ratan Tata, Google India MD Rajan Anandan

Marijuana (cannabis) research firm BOHECO (Bombay Hemp Company) in India has raised funds worth 6.25 crore from Ratan Tata and Google India MD, Rajan Anandan.

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Bill To Legalize Marijuana & Opium To Be Tabled In Parliament Winter Session (December)

A Private Member’s Bill by MP Dharamvir Gandhi to regulate cannabis and opium, and legalize medical marijuana, will be heard

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