Saturday, 28 May, 2022

Topic: CSIR

CSIR set to seek emergency use approval for sepsis drug Sepsivac repurposed for treating Covid

Licensed for use in sepsis, Sepsivac has shown good results in phase 2 and 3 trials in serious Covid-19 patients. A separate study is also testing the drug as a vaccine.

PM Modi lauds scientists for developing ‘made-in-India’ Covid vaccines within a year

Addressing a CSIR meeting, PM Modi reiterated his call for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat', saying the Covid crisis may have slowed its pace but the resolve remains the same.

Next waves could hit children, teens more but there is no need to panic, govt expert says

Dr Anurag Agrawal, director, Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology, also says it’s absolutely imperative that the government prepares for a third wave. 

New Covid lineage B.1.618 identified from Bengal, 2nd in India after ‘double mutant’ virus

CSIR-IGIB’s Vinod Scaria says lineage was found last October and is increasing in proportion in Bengal, but can’t be sure if it’s driving Covid spike.

People have to ensure there is no third wave of Covid, says CSIR Director General

The DG of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Shekhar Mande, said people have to exercise self-discipline and self-regulation to beat the pandemic.

How a bacteria is helping revive an endangered ayurvedic herb in CSIR labs

In Ayurveda, Picrorhiza kurroa or kutki is used for treatment of digestive disorders & for improving immunity. The herb was listed as rare and endangered in 1997.

After FELUDA, CSIR develops paper test ‘RAY’ to identify Covid variants within an hour

Paper-based RAY test is much quicker than genome sequencing and can identify three variants with the common mutation N501Y from UK, South Africa, and Brazil.

CSIR in talks to bring Moderna’s Covid vaccine to India, says its chief Shekhar Mande

Mande says current talks are scientific, and once CSIR’s Hyderabad-based CCMB understands Moderna’s mRNA technology, it can produce the vaccine ‘within weeks’.

Smoking can’t protect against Covid, it makes antibodies disappear — Experts on CSIR study

A CSIR study said smokers had low seroprevalence. But doctors said smoking reduces immunity, which makes antibodies disappear faster — which is why seroprevalence may be lower.

Off The Cuff with Shekhar C. Mande

In conversation with ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta at Off The Cuff, Shekhar Mande, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, discussed his study that...

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Representational image of cryptocurrencies | Pizabay

What are UST & Luna and why the fall of 2 ‘stablecoins’ led to a crypto crash in India

Along with crash in value of UST and Luna coins, Indian market for crypto assets also reeling under strict control imposed by government, with the imposition of TDS on all crypto transactions.


NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Why it’s obscene to tell Ukraine to give in & how war-upended global balance of power brings openings for India

Global order is in flux, and India is being wooed by all. It opens up economic, strategic & military possibilities unimaginable till recently. It is for India to take this opportunity.