Saturday, July 10, 2010

FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE:what is pharming?

"PHARMING"

  • Pharming is the production of human drugs in farm animals.
  • Some human proteins are very valuable drugs.
  • Human genes contain instructions for making human proteins.
  • Human genes can be transferred to microorganisms or other animals.
  • Microorganisms can be used as factories to produce some but not all human proteins (for example human insulin).
  • "Pharm" animals are simple factories that can produce any human protein.
  • In the future "pharm" animals may be used to produce "human" organs.
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Monday, July 5, 2010

Japan stem cell scientist wins Kyoto Prize

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Japan stem cell scientist wins Kyoto Prize


TOKYO - A Japanese scientist who created the equivalent of embryonic stem cells from ordinary skin cells has won one of this year's Kyoto Prizes and will receive a $550,000 prize.

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Don't Want to Exercise? Blame Your Genes

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Don't Want to Exercise? Blame Your Genes




Individuals who stand to gain the most from changing their behaviors are the most likely to downplay that fact and instead blame genetics, a new study suggests.

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Genes May Be a Source of Vitamin D Deficiency

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Genes May Be a Source of Vitamin D Deficiency


Nutrition and sun exposure are both prime influences on an individual's vitamin D level, but a new study suggests that genetics could help determine a person's risk for vitamin D deficiency.
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Scientists Spot More Genes Related to Alzheimer's

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Scientists Spot More Genes Related to Alzheimer's


 Researchers report that they have spotted two new regions of the human genome that may be related to the development of Alzheimer's disease.
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Cord blood transplants a viable option in leukemia

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Cord blood transplants a viable option in leukemia



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Sunday, July 4, 2010

NEW SITE CREATED PLEASE VISIT:https://sites.google.com/site/siddharthamm/

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Scientists herald 10-year anniversary of human genome

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Scientists herald 10-year anniversary of human genome\


The Human Genome Project (HGP) was funded with three billion dollars, or roughly a dollar for every base pair, or rung in the genetic ladder, and took 10 years to produce the rough draft, which was followed by a "polished" version in 2003.
Today, California companies Illumina and Life Technologies say they can do the same job in a day for less than 6,000 dollars, while rival Complete Genomics is reportedly offering a price of 5,000 dollars.
This plunge in price has even enabled scientists to pry open the DNA of a whole range of non-human species. They have, in fact, mapped the genomes of more than 3,800 organisms, including the humble mouse and the common fruitfly.
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Stem-cell corneas last up to a decade: study

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Stem-cell corneas last up to a decade: study

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Genes Tied to Hair Loss Disorder


Genes Tied to Hair Loss Disorder


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Scientists Make Immune Cells in Mice That Fight Off HIV

Scientists Make Immune Cells in Mice That Fight Off HIV

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The Government is taking various initiatives for Biotechnology and its development

Government Initiatives
  1. The Department of Biotechnology implemented the National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2007 to support India’s core biotech space which seeks to address challenges relating to the sector in terms of R, technology transfer, IPR and other regulations, investments, talent and human resources.
  2. The Biotechnology Industry Partnership Program offers funds to the industry to carry out high-risk research. The program provides support in the form of grants and soft loans to innovative projects in companies for early stage and late-stage clinical trials.
  3. The Small Business Innovation Research Initiative in which the government provides early-stage funding.
  4. The government is looking to speed up the process of setting up a National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority which will support public and private investment in biotechnology which will thus help in creating infrastructure which can support high-end research in the long term. This authority would create a single regulatory body managing all aspects of biotechnology and drug regulation.
  5. Another initiative, the New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative program assists public-private partnerships in the industry.
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Useful Links for Biology

USEFUL LINKS FOR BIOLOGY:
 National Center for Biotechnology Information  
 Department of Biotechnology-Ministry of Science and Technology
 National Centre For Cell Science
 National Chemical Laboratory
 Protocol-Online
Why trouble to make compounds yourself when a bug will do it for you’ – these words of J.B.S. Haldane (one of the perceptive scientists of his time) in 1929, encapsulated the logic behind what is now termed biotechnology.

Biotechnology is the fastest growing applied science of our times, it is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of industrial development. Biotechnology involves the use of plant and animal cells and microbes in the manufacture of goods useful to mankind. But mainly, the biotechnology boom is due to genetic engineering, in which simple life forms are created to make entirely new products.
Anyone who wants to know how science is changing our world will need to know about the dramatic progress of biotechnology. The food processing industry has seen great advances due to biotechnology.

Biotechnology has an enormous range of applications and this has created a wide variety of work for biotechnilogists. Biotechnogists may be working on spectacular applications in medicine. They can make antibodies to diagnose and treat diseases, make human insulin widely available, and find new vaccines to ward off hitherto intractable infections and it may soon be possible even to compensate for defective human genes.

Institutes of Biotechnology in Kolkata | Institutes of Biotechnology of Kolkata

Institutes of Biotechnology in Kolkata | Institutes of Biotechnology of Kolkata